Formula 1: 2025 season to begin in Australia for first time since 2019

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the Ferrari SF-24 and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the Oracle Red Bull Racing RB19 and Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the McLaren F1 Team MCL60 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Albert Park Circuit on March 24, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clay Cross ATPImages/Getty Images)
The Australian Grand Prix will be the first race of the 2025 season. (Photo by Clay Cross ATPImages/Getty Images) (ATPImages via Getty Images)

The 2025 Formula 1 season will start two weeks later than it did in 2024 and in a different location.

F1 announced Friday that the 2025 season opener will be held in Australia on March 16. The 2024 season began on March 2 in Bahrain and continued a week later in Saudi Arabia before the third race of the season on March 24 in Melbourne.

The move back to Australia for the season opener comes largely due to Ramadan, which will run through March.

The F1 season has begun in Bahrain in each of the past three seasons. The Australian Grand Prix last officially served as the season opener in 2019 and was set to be the first race of the 2020 season before the race weekend was canceled as it began because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the season beginning in Australia next year, the Chinese Grand Prix will be the second race of the season and is followed by the Japanese Grand Prix. Japan was the fourth race of 2024 and this year’s Chinese Grand Prix — the first since 2019 — is scheduled for next weekend.

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will follow after the Chinese Grand Prix as F1 will race on each of the first three weekends in April next year.

The 2025 season will again include 24 races and three in the United States. The Miami Grand Prix will be the sixth race of the season on May 4, the United States Grand Prix in Austin will be Oct. 19 and the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be Nov. 22 as the first of three consecutive race weekends to end the season.

2025 F1 schedule

  • March 16: Australian Grand Prix

  • March 23: Chinese Grand Prix

  • April 6: Japanese Grand Prix

  • April 13: Bahrain Grand Prix

  • April 20: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

  • May 4: Miami Grand Prix

  • May 18: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • May 25: Monaco Grand Prix

  • June 1: Spanish Grand Prix

  • June 15: Canadian Grand Prix

  • June 29: Austrian Grand Prix

  • July 6: British Grand Prix

  • July 27: Belgian Grand Prix

  • Aug. 3: Hungarian Grand Prix

  • Aug. 31: Dutch Grand Prix

  • Sept. 7: Italian Grand Prix

  • Sept. 21: Azerbaijan Grand Prix

  • Oct. 5: Singapore Grand Prix

  • Oct. 19: United States Grand Prix

  • Oct. 26: Mexican Grand Prix

  • Nov. 9: Brazilian Grand Prix

  • Nov. 22: Las Vegas Grand Prix

  • Nov. 30: Qatar Grand Prix

  • Dec. 7: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix