2016 Formula 1 season set for later April start date

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The 2016 Formula 1 season is set for a later start, with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix scheduled for April 3.

The race will shift from its usual date in mid-March to the first weekend of April, as part of a move to condense the 2016 calendar.

Next years race will start earlier in the day as it will take place after daylight savings, with an exact start time set to be confirmed closer to the event.

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

“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,” Westacott said.

“The new date will see an earlier start time, and fans can expect the same great on-track action and off-track entertainment across the four days.”

Since relocating to Melbourne in 1996 the Australian Grand Prix has been held in March on all but one occasion, when in 2006 it was pushed back to April to avoid clashing with the Commonwealth Games.

Image courtesy of Daimler

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