Australia to lose season-opening race date

Melbourne looks set to lose its spot as the scene of Formula 1’s traditional season opening race. Due to covid restrictions, the Australian GP has been cancelled for a second consecutive year – but officials insist they are already looking beyond the 2025 contract. “We are very keen to extend it,” said Martin Pakula, minister for sports and tourism for the Victorian state government. However, given the 2020 and 2021 cancellations, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali might be forgiven for thinking about dropping Melbourne as the season opener. “As you know, other events went into that first and second slot this year and I think F1 are keen to continue with those events.”.

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