When does the F1 season begin? Which races are on the BBC? Full details as Lewis Hamilton begins his title defence

All the details you need ahead of the start of the 2015 Formula One season

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The Formula One season revs back into action this weekend, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix.

Practice for the race in Melbourne starts on Thursday March 13 with the race on Sunday March 15, starting at 5am GMT.

Lewis Hamilton starts the new season as favourite with an inter-team battle with Nico Rosberg predicted to dominate the season, as it did the last. But there's also much interest elsewhere.

Fernando Alonso has switched from Ferrari to McLaren, however after an accident in pre-season testing he will not take part in the first Grand Prix of the season.

Meanwhile his drive at Ferrari has been taken by Sebastian Vettel, who switched from Red Bull.

Check out our team-by-team guide to the new season...


TV coverage is again split between Sky Sports and the BBC, with every race on Sky and a selection of races on terrestrial television.


Australian Grand Prix: Melbourne, 13-15 March - Sky

Malaysian Grand Prix: Kuala Lumpur, 27-29 March - BBC/Sky

Chinese Grand Prix: Shanghai, 10-12 April - Sky

Bahrain Grand Prix: Sakhir, 17-19 April - BBC/Sky

Spanish Grand Prix: Barcelona, 8-10 May - Sky

Monaco Grand Prix: Monte Carlo, 22-24 May - Sky

Canadian Grand Prix: Montreal, 5-7 June - BBC/Sky

Austrian Grand Prix: Spielberg, 19-21 June - Sky

British Grand Prix: Silverstone, 3-5 July - BBC/Sky

German Grand Prix: TBC, 17-19 July - Sky

Hungarian Grand Prix: Budapest, 24-26 July - BBC/Sky

Belgian Grand Prix: Spa-Francorchamps, 21-23 August - BBC/Sky

Italian Grand Prix: Monza, 4-6 September - Sky

Singapore Grand Prix: Singapore, 18-20 September - Sky

Japanese Grand Prix: Suzuka, 25-27 September - BBC/Sky

Russian Grand Prix: Sochi, 9-11 October - BBC/Sky

United States Grand Prix: Austin, 23-25 October - Sky

Mexican Grand Prix: Mexico City, 30 October - 1 November - Sky

Brazilian Grand Prix: Sao Paulo, 13-15 November - BBC/Sky

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Yas Marina, 27-29 November - BBC/Sky