Its official: There will be 19 races in next year's F1 season, with the French and British races included too.

Its official: There will be 19 races in next year's F1 season, with the French and British races included too.

The calendar was released at the weekend after the FIA's World Motorsport Council met on Friday to confirm the 2005 race schedule.

Although it had been doubted whether the historic French and British races would be staged next year, both have been included in the 19-race calendar.

Late last week, the British Racing Drivers' Club and F1's Bernie Ecclestone agreed to a five-year deal to continue hosting the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit.

Australia will once again host the season-opener on March 6, while Turkey will host its first F1 grand prix race on August 21.

Race Date Location
1 March 6, 2005 Australia
2 March 20, 2005 Malaysia
3 April 3, 2005 Bahrain
4 April 24, 2005 San Marino
5 May 8, 2005 Spain
6 May 22, 2005 Monaco
7 May 29, 2005 European Grand Prix
8 June 12, 2005 Canada
9 June 19, 2005 United States
10 July 3, 2005 France
11 July 10, 2005 Britain
12 July 24, 2005 Germany
13 July 31, 2005 Hungary
14 August 21, 2005 Turkey
15 September 4, 2005 Italy
16 September 11, 2005 Belgium
17 September 25, 2005 Brazil
18 October 9, 2005 Japan
19 October 16, 2005 China