Fans delighted as F1 announce major change to 2025 race calendar

Australia will once again host the F1 season opener (Photo: Getty)

Formula 1 have announced the race calendar for 2025, and fans are thrilled at one major change that has been made.

Just like in 2024, next year will feature a record 24 grand prix, with no races dropped or new ones added in.

However, Bahrain will no longer be the venue for the season opener which has reverted back to Australia.

The Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne was the traditional curtain raiser for F1, hosting every first race of the year from 1996 to 2019, with one exception.

The COVID-19 pandemic ended that, with Sakhir in Bahrain taking over from 2021 to 2024, but fans are delighted that it is back Down Under, with the 2025 season set to get underway a little later than usual on 16 March.

‘Loving seeing Australia back as the opening race!’ @SavMondo wrote on Twitter.

@kunalashah commented: ‘Australia as the season opener…just like the good ol’ days,’ while @kaneaknight added: ‘Australia round one as it should be.’

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Bahrain has hosted the first F1 race of the year since 2021 (Photo: Getty)

It means Australia will of course be the venue for Sir Lewis Hamilton’s first race for Ferrari, with the seven-time world champion leaving Mercedes after a highly successful 11-year spell.

With the sport looking to be become environmentally sustainable, China and Japan will follow Australia before the calendar moves onto the Middle East with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

But there is still annoyance that Miami and Canada haven’t been paired together, with the North American grand prix still bizarrely separated by three European rounds.



2025 Formula 1 calender

Australia – 16 March

China – 23 March

Japan – 6 April

Bahrain – 13 April

Saudi Arabia – 20 April

Miami – 4 May

Imola – 18 May

Monaco – 25 May

Spain – 1 June

Canada – 15 June

Austria – 29 June

Great Britain – 6 July

Belgium – 27 July

Hungary – 03 August

Netherlands – 31 August

Italy – 07 September

Azerbaijan – 21 September

Singapore – 5 October

USA – 19 October

Mexico – 26 October

Brazil – 9 November

Las Vegas – 22 November

Qatar – 30 November

Abu Dhabi – 7 December

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will host the 12th race of the year on 6 July.

The season concludes on 7 December in Abu Dhabi which has hosted the finale since 2014, but the Yas Marina circuit remains deeply unpopular, with fans calling for Brazil to once again end the year.

@tang__kira pleaded: ‘Can we finish the season back in Brazil? Please???’ while @AlexF1BCL added: ‘Should always be Australia 1st and Brazil last.’

‘F1 not finishing at Brazil is still such a crime,’ @NotMyLifes fumed, with @moquitto saying: ‘As far as I know, Abu Dhabi payed good $$$$ to have the season finish for the foreseeable future.’

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