Australian GP confirms earlier date for 2016 F1 race

The 2016 Formula 1 season will kick off on March 20, after the Australian Grand Prix confirmed a date change for its race.

The Melbourne event was originally scheduled for April 3, but F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was looking at moving it to an earlier date.

Australian GP bosses had already said they had no problems with moving the race as long as it did not clash with Easter weekend.

On Wednesday, organisers confirmed the event will now take place on 17-20 March.

The move is expected to be ratified by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, which met today in Paris.

The re-scheduling of the GP creates a clash with the second round of the Australian V8 Supercars series, set for March 19-20 at Symmons Plains.

Given that V8 Supercars traditionally holds a non-championship round at Albert Park in support of the Grand Prix, it is likely that the Symmons Plains meeting will be switched to a different date.

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Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Track Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Article type Breaking news