Melbourne shifts into April, which means a later start to 2016 F1 season


The Australian Grand Prix will move to the first weekend in April in 2016, to create an even later start date for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Event organizers confirmed late Tuesday that the race will have new weekend dates of March 31 through April 3. It will be at a to-be-determined earlier start time, though, following daylight savings time.

“It’s fantastic that Melbourne will again play host to the opening round of the FIA Formula One World Championship™,” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott said in a release.

“Over the past 20 years Melbourne has become synonymous with the start of a new Formula One season, and we look forward to again welcoming all the teams and drivers to our great city in 2016.”

The season will run over seven months from April through November, creating an eventual tighter calendar.

This could have further implications on other race weekends, and may well create more back-to-back rounds on the schedule once the full 2016 calendar is released.