Formula 1 (F1), the elite tier open-wheel motor racing series, has today unveiled another 24-race calendar for the 2025 season.

Most notably, the new calendar will see the annual Australian Grand Prix, held in Melbourne, return to its spot as the first race of the season from March 14-16 next year.

The Australian Grand Prix has been the first race of the season for 22 of its 27 editions, but not since 2019, as it was absent from the calendar in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thereafter was moved later in the year.

Changes made to the calendar also include the Chinese Grand Prix being moved to March 21-23 and the Japanese Grand Prix to April 4-6, with the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix (the first two races on the calendar since 2022) pushed back to April 11-13 and 18-20 respectively.

The move creates a more streamlined “geographic flow” for the season with four consecutive Asian grands prix scheduled together, in two sets of countries nearby. Furthermore, it accommodates the Muslim celebration of Ramadan, which will be observed entirely in March next year, by moving the two grands prix in predominantly Muslim Bahrain and Saudi Arabia away from the month.   

This geographic flow continues through the remainder of the new seasonal schedule, with the European races broadly scheduled together from May through September, before a trio of races in the Americas in October and November.

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As has been the case since 2021, the F1 season will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, which will be held from December 5 to 7, 2025.

Speaking on the calendar announcement, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stated: “The 2025 Formula One World Championship calendar is a further illustration of our collective mission of meeting sustainability objectives through the regionalization of events.

“Formula One Management, under the direction of Stefano Domenicali, has produced a calendar which strikes a good blend of traditional circuits and modern venues.”