Motor racing-Formula One calendar for 2013

F1 season

The 19-race Formula One season, which starts in Melbourne on March 17, will have no new grands prix this year and one fewer than last season following the postponement of New Jersey's debut to 2014.

The following box details each race and its key characteristics.

MARCH 17 - AUSTRALIA

Albert Park street circuit. 58 laps of 5.303km. Total distance 307.574km. 2012 winner: Jenson Button (McLaren). Melbourne has hosted what has become one of the most popular races on the calendar since 1996.

MARCH 24 - MALAYSIA

Sepang circuit. 56 laps of 5.543km. Total distance 310.408km. 2012 winner: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). The hot and steamy Hermann Tilke-designed track, next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, made its debut in 1999.

APRIL 14 - CHINA

Shanghai International Circuit. 56 laps of 5.451km. Total distance 305.066km. 2012 winner: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes). Built on a vast, and some might say overwhelming, scale in the shape of the Chinese character 'shang'. On the calendar since 2004.

APRIL 21 - BAHRAIN

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir. 57 laps of 5.412km. Total distance 308.238km. 2012 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). Another Tilke circuit and the first in the Middle East to host a grand prix in 2004. Civil unrest on the Gulf island has cast a cloud over the race since 2011.

MAY 12 - SPAIN

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. 66 laps of 4.655km. Total distance 307.104km. 2012 winner: Pastor Maldonado (Williams). A regular test destination and once the most predictable of circuits, familiar to all teams since 1991.

MAY 26 - MONACO

Monte Carlo. 78 laps of 3.340km. Total distance 260.520km. 2012 winner: Mark Webber (Red Bull). The slowest and shortest race on the calendar but also the most glamorous. Steeped in history, Monaco is the one every driver wants to win.

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