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Melbourne happy with later calendar date

Jun.23 Australian GP chief Andrew Westacott says he knows Melbourne will no longer always be the season-opening grand prix. Until quite recently, the race at Albert Park was the traditional season opener, but this year F1 reverted to Bahrain as the first race after a winter test in the island Kingdom. And with Melbourne now inking a new contract with Formula 1 through 2035, notably including the FIA's Formula 2 and Formula 3 races, Westacott hinted that the deal does not guarantee the opening round. 'This was only the third year (of not being the first race) and this was because of the timing of Ramadan, and the importance of those,' he claimed. 'We'd always coveted the first race,...
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