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Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body of Formula One, has announced the next season’s calendar. The schedule was agreed upon during the World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) meeting in Paris on September 28, 2016. Aside from the 2017 calendar, there were also revisions with regards to the rules for the season.
Wet weather standing’s new procedure was accepted. This year, a regular status will take place if a safety car is required given the wet weather. Nonetheless, the racers still have to surrender their helmets for checking. When a driver has to change teams, he or she will be allowed to alter their helmet liveries. Furthermore, regulations on a fixed early-season tire placement and power unit stockpilings were clarified during the meeting.
Let’s talk about the cities included in the next season, the following are included in the list.
Melbourne, Australia (March 26)
The race season will go back to this city several years following the first Grand Prix that took place at the same area in 1996. Melbourne has a population of 3.4 million which are apparently mad about the sport. Racers and enthusiasts will love the city for its outdoor lifestyle given the friendly climate. Australia claims its city as a great place for the race. Pair this event with the late summer weather of the city that is simply perfect.
Shanghai, China (April 9)
The first Grand Prix in the city was in 2004. During the event, Michael Schumacher also had a lap record of 1:32.238 at a race distance of 305.066 km. This year’s season will take place at the Shanghai International Circuit, stabilized by 40,000 stone pillars and marshland. Racers and fans will fall in love with the vibrant city rich in clubs, bars, and best shopping places.
Bahrain, Bahrain (April 16)
Formula One 2004 also went to this city and, similar to China, also witnessed a fantastic lap record made by Pedro de la Rosa in 2005. His record was at 1:31.447 for a race distance of 308.238 km. This is thee place to be if you are looking for sea, sunshine, and sand all at the same time.
Sochi, Russia (April 30)
Sochi has long been the country’s most well-known and biggest resort. Since then, it became one of the top-rated sports events destinations. Next year, it will be the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s host. Previously, it became the host for the 11th Paralympic Winter Games, 22nd Olympic Winter Games and Formula One Grand Prix. In 2016, Nico Rosberg let the viewers witness his lap record of 1:39.094 at a race distance of 309.745 km.
Barcelona, Spain (May 14)
The first Grand Prix in the city was in 1991. Barcelona also had its fair share of record by Kimi Räikkönen. His best was in 2008 at 1:21.670 on a race distance of 307.104 km. Spain has all you need as a tourist which explains why it became among the best European spots.
Monte Carlo, Monaco (May 28)
Monte Carlo is a pioneer in the Formula One Grand Prix with its first event dating back in 1950. In this city, Lewis Hamilton achieved his lap record of 1:17.939 in 2016. Many racers love Monte Carlo for its race track perfected with luxury, speed, risk, and noise.
Montreal, Canada (June 11)
Canada hosted its first Grand Prix in 1978. Montreal was also able to record Rubens Barrichello’s lap achievement at 1:13.622 in 2004. The city got it call covered – skyscrapers, nightlife, and weekend relaxation.
Baku, Azerbaijan (June 18)
This city is the latest addition to places for the race, beginning only last year. Nonetheless, it is highly fortunate to witness Nico Rosberg’s record last year at 1:46.485. Visiting the city will provide you the mixed approach of modern and ancient tradition, explaining why the capital is termed as the Paris of the East.
Spielberg, Austria (July 2)
Austria hosted its first Grand Prix in 1970. In 2003, Michael Schumacher had his record at 1:08.337. Apart from its Red Bull Ring, Austria has its offerings of alpine scenery, fresh air, and lush green lawns.
Silverstone, United Kingdom (July 9)
Silverstone Court became a destination for Formula One as early as 1950. Mark Webber recorded his achievement in the city on 2013 at 1:33.401. Britain is the home to seven teams in the race, which explains why it is a long-living race destination.
Budapest, Hungary (July 23)
Hungary had the first taste of Formula One in 1986. In 2004, Formula One witnessdMichael Schumacher make another record at 1:19.701. While enjoying the event, Budapest will give you the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful architectures and buildings out of industrial revolution’s commencement.
Apart from the provided cities above, Formula One will go to various places. These include Hockenheim, Germany on July 30; Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on August 27; Monza, Italy on September 3; Sepang, Malaysia on September 17; Suzuka, Japan on October 8; Austin, United States on October 22; Mexico City, Mexico on November 5; Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 12; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 26.
Main Featured Image: Ayrton Senna da Silva before his days at F1. Photo credit: Instituto Ayrton Senna
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