The 2017 Formula 1 season will kick off in Australia on March 26, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council confirmed on Wednesday.

The opening race of the season will be followed by the Chinese Grand Prix two weeks later, the Shanghai event twinned with Bahrain as a back-to-back.

The plan to have Australia and China as back-to-backs was scrapped due to logistical reasons. 

Malaysia and Singapore exchange slots in the calendar, with the Sepang race now taking place ahead of the Marina Bay event on September 17.

The rest of the races remain the same and in the same order as in 2016, with Abu Dhabi closing the season on November 26.

Three races - Canada, Germany and Brazil - remain subject to confirmation, according to the calendar.

The schedule also confirmed the clash between the European Grand Prix at Baku and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Formula 1 2017 calendar

Date Event Venue
March 26 Australian GP Melbourne
April 9 Chinese GP Shanghai
April 16 Bahrain GP Sakhir
April 30 Russian GP Sochi
May 14 Spanish GP Barcelona
May 28 Monaco GP Monte Carlo
June 11 Canadian GP* Montreal
June 18 European GP Baku
July 2 Austrian GP Red Bull Ring
July 9 British GP Silverstone
July 23 Hungarian GP Hungaroring
July 30 German GP* Hockenheim
August 27 Belgian GP Spa-Francorchamps
September 3 Italian GP Monza
September 17 Malaysian GP Sepang
October 1 Singapore GP Marina Bay
October 8 Japanese GP Suzuka
October 22 United States GP COTA
November 5 Mexican GP Mexico City
November 12 Brazilian GP* Interlagos
November 26 Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina

* - subject to confirmation