It was announced yesterday that the 2016 Formula 1 Championship will get off to the latest start since 1988 as the Australian GP has been scheduled for April 3.
In recent years, the Melbourne street race has taken place in March, however, next season it will be pushed back. The move is believed to based on F1’s attempts to reduce costs by condensing the season.
In his interview with the media yesterday, Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott has welcomed the move and stated the following:-
‘It’s fantastic that Melbourne will again play host to the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship,. Over the past 20 years Melbourne has become synonymous with the start of a new Formula 1 season, and we look forward to again welcoming all the teams and drivers to our great city in 2016.
‘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.’
Even though Westacott is happy with the move for next season’s GP in Melbourne, many fans have taken to social media such as Twitter and have been debating why this has been the case. As we all know, the rising costs of the sport have been debated a lot over the past few months and this step from the FIA and FOM feel that this will help matters,
I am unsure if that will help the rising costs that are needed to compete in the sport and I feel at present that the FIA and FOM need to look at a lot more issues that are affecting F1 at the moment in order to find viable solutions for this. But as for the new start date of the season, I am not really concerned about it as I know that we will still get a year’s worth of great racing, even if we have to start later.
But the April date that has been given to Melbourne for the 2016 season means that this is the latest start to a Championship since 1988 when the Brazilian GP at Rio was the season-opener. But no matter when the season starts, you can be sure that Melbourne will once again provide us with a great race as it so often does.