Abu Dhabi confirmed as host for Formula 1 finale in 2019

Yas Marina Circuit confirmed as final race of the 2019 F1 season but it's later than normal
Race winner Lewis Hamilton celebrates on track after the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi has been confirmed as the last race of the Formula 1 season next year but will be held in December instead of November.

Formula 1 has revealed another 21-race schedule for 2019, with the season to finish in December for the first time in over 50 years.

The calendar was formally ratified by the World Motor Sport Council with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place on December 1.

The Gulf's other race - in Bahrain - will take place on March 31 and will be the second event of the season after Australia which will be held on March 17.

The schedule features five back-to-back race weekends but no repeat of this year's unprecedented triple-header.

China, the third event of the season, will have the honour of staging F1's 1,000th Grand Prix.

The 2019 F1 calendar:

March 17 Australia
March 31 Bahrain
April 14 China
April 28 Azerbaijan
May 12 Spain
May 26 Monaco
June 9 Canada
June 23 France
June 30 Austria
July 14 Great Britain
July 28 Germany
August 4 Hungary
September 1 Belgium
September 8 Italy
September 22 Singapore
September 29 Russia
October 13 Japan
October 27 Mexico
November 3 USA
November 17 Brazil
December 1 Abu Dhabi

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