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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 news 2018: Kimi Raikkonen reacts to drunk video, watch, Instagram post, FIA awards, best moments, jumping yacht

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Kimi Raikkonen has finally broken his silence in the most Kimi Raikkonen way possible following his drunken antics at the end of year FIA awards on Friday.

After a solid final season with Ferrari, Raikkonen turned up at the gala in St Petersberg as the driver who finished third in the Drivers’ Championship and helped himself to a few well-earned champagnes.

Fans went into hysterics over Raikkonen’s performance as he was caught downing drinks, having animated conversations with Lewis Hamilton and clumsily hugging now former teammate Sebastian Vettel on stage.

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F1 news 2018: Bernie Ecclestone offers to buy Silverstone, British Grand Prix, latest contract, 2019 race

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Former Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he tried to buy Silverstone, only to be told it is not for sale.

The future of the British Grand Prix is currently in doubt after Silverstone decided to invoke the break clause in the contract they agreed while Ecclestone was still in charge as costs of hosting the race continue to soar.

As a result, the 88-year-old offered to purchase the circuit to ensure the race will definitely live on past 2019 but saw his advances rebuffed.

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F1 news 2018: Max Verstappen addresses Renault jabs, Red Bull’s Honda engine, Daniel Ricciardo, latest

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Max Verstappen has moved to play down his criticism of Renault throughout 2018 as his now former teammate Daniel Ricciardo prepares to start at the team.

The Dutchman was outspoken over his frustration at Renault’s engine last season, as Red Bull were left some way off the pace set by Mercedes and Ferrari.

Reliability issues hampered not only his progress, but also that of Ricciardo, leading to Red Bull opting to move to Honda power units for 2019, ending their 11-year association with Renault.

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