What you need to know about the 2017 Australian Touring Car Championship
The Australian Tourering Commission has announced the 2017 F1 season will be the most competitive since the sport’s inaugural year in the mid-1980s.
The F1 Grand Prix has been on for a decade, and the championship has featured at least four different drivers in the championship.
However, in a bid to get fans back to a more casual racing experience, the F1 Commission announced the 2018 season would be the last to feature any live races.
“We want to make sure that we provide a more relaxed racing experience to our fans, and we also want to create a sport that is much more accessible to those that are not Formula 1 fans,” F1 Commissioner Gill Pratt said in a statement.
Race scheduling has been moved to weekends and the first race in Melbourne will be on Sunday, July 17.
Although it’s not the first time the F3 Series has been cancelled, Pratt said the commission wanted to do the same in a “comprehensive” way to get the sport back on track.
F1 has also had a significant shift in its format since last year, with the series moving to a weekend format for the first and only time in its history.
This year, the series is scheduled to start on the grid on the weekend of July 24, meaning the final round will be a one-day race on Saturday, August 9.
While the race will be held at Melbourne’s Racecourse, the circuit will be closed on weekends and fans will have to drive from their homes to watch the action.
If the season has been anything like last year’s, it’s been one of the most exciting sporting events of the year.
Last year saw the debut of the new V8 Supercars, a new breed of supercar, and a number of other events, including a two-day event in Adelaide.
With F1 now taking a step back to focus on making it easier to watch live sport, the race is expected to feature two-hour highlights and an extended opening ceremony.
Fans have been eagerly anticipating the announcement, with a number tweeting the hashtag #TurnBackTheF1 hashtag on Monday.
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