Formula One ventures into the unknown zone of a long-awaited revamped and high-speed era under new American ownership this weekend when the engines roar into life at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Liberty Media’s takeover and the off-season departure of the sport’s veteran commercial ring-master Bernie Ecclestone have coincided with an overhaul of the technical regulations to usher in a new breed of ‘fatter and faster’ cars.

The wider new machines with broader tyres make much greater physical demands on the drivers and are expected to provide more noise and spectacle — and hopefully better racing with more passing moves — as Formula One bids to appeal to a younger, global, digital and social media savvy audience.

Following is the race schedule for Formula One 2017 world championship which starts in Melbourne on March 26, reports Xinhua news agency.

March 26: Australia (Melbourne)

April 9: China (Shanghai)

April 16: Bahrain (Sakhir)

April 30: Russia (Sochi)

May 14: Spain (Barcelona)

May 28: Monaco (Monte Carlo)

June 11: Canada (Montreal)

June 25: Azerbaijan (Baku)

July 9: Austria (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)

July 16: Britain (Silverstone)

July 30: Hungary (Hungaroring, Budapest)

August 27: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

September 3: Italy (Monza)

September 17: Singapore (Singapore)

October 1: Malaysia (Sepang)

Oct 8: Japan (Suzuka)

Oct 22: United States (Austin)

Oct 29: Mexico (Mexico City)

November 12: Brazil (Interlagos, Sao Paulo)

November 26: United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)

The new season roars into life at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend.