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F1 news 2018: Australian Grand Prix 2019 date, Formula One schedule, full calendar confirmed

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The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne will be held a week earlier than in the 2018 season as the FIA gave final approval on the 2019 Formula One calendar.

F1 announced its provisional schedule at the beginning of September with the same 21 races from 2018 included, albeit with a few minor tweaks.

The Australian Grand Prix will therefore now be held on March 17, with the season finishing in Abu Dhabi a week later than this season, on December 1.

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F1: Daniel Ricciardo, Formula One testing, Renault, Barcelona

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Daniel Ricciardo and Renault have again set tongues wagging at pre-season testing in Barcelona, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.

The Australian set the track alight during the morning session on the fourth day of testing, producing the third quickest time, behind the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon. It comes after he surprised plenty by running third fastest on day three of testing after a lame opening day and mechanical problems on day two.

Albon set the second fastest overall time of testing of 1:17.637 on Pirelli’s softest compound, while Ricciardo, running the same tyre put in a 1:17.785. His Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg was quickest of the lot, denying Toro Rosso a second successive appearance at the top of the end-of-day charts with a new benchmark lap of 1:17.393 on Pirelli’s fastest tyres.

However, his Renault soon afterwards broke down on track.

Speaking afterwards, Ricciardo said he was pleased with how his first week at his new team had gone.

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F1: Daniel Ricciardo, Formula One testing, Renault, Barcelona

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Daniel Ricciardo and Renault have again set tongues wagging at pre-season testing in Barcelona, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.

The Australian set the track alight during the morning session on the fourth day of testing, producing the third quickest time, behind the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon. It comes after he surprised plenty by running third fastest on day three of testing after a lame opening day and mechanical problems on day two.

Albon set the second fastest overall time of testing of 1:17.637 on Pirelli’s softest compound, while Ricciardo, running the same tyre put in a 1:17.785. His Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg was quickest of the lot, denying Toro Rosso a second successive appearance at the top of the end-of-day charts with a new benchmark lap of 1:17.393 on Pirelli’s fastest tyres.

However, his Renault soon afterwards broke down on track.

Speaking afterwards, Ricciardo said he was pleased with how his first week at his new team had gone.

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F1 testing day 3, 2019 news: Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault, Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, timings, watch video, highlights, latest

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We are nearly at the end of the first week of testing and there have been plenty of surprises at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Day three finally gave us the first glimpse of a Williams on track while there was a new leader at the top of the time sheets as the midfield teams began to flex their muscles a bit.

Here are five things we learned from day three of Formula 1 testing…

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