The 2016 F1 calendar has been revised by the FIA. Next year’s season will now start earlier in the year to accommodate a four-week break, which was absent from the original schedule.
The Australian Grand Prix, which will open the 2016 season, has been moved two weeks earlier. Following that there will now be a two-week gap to the next round, which will be in Bahrain instead of China. Shanghai’s race has been moved back one week, and as the next four race dates have not been changed means there are no back-to-back races among the first seven rounds.
Following the Canadian round the teams will head directly to Azerbaijan for F1’s inaugural race in Baku, forming the first back-to-back races on the schedule. Azerbaijan’s round has been moved forward by a month and is now provisionally on the same weekend as the Le Mans 24 Hours.
It will be the first time since 2011 that the classic endurance race has clashed with a grand prix. It would prevent the likes of Nico Hulkenberg, who won the race this year, from returning while also competing in F1.
Another pair of races on consecutive weekends follows: Austria followed by Silverstone, which has been moved away from a clash with London’s Formula E race. The teams have another pair of races after that: Hungary has been moved forward to the 24th of July, followed by the reinstated German round at Hockenheimring.
After those six races in eight weeks the teams have a four-week August summer break instead of the three-week gap on the original draft of the 2016 calendar. The season resumes at Belgium on August 28th before heading directly to Italy for the last European race of the season.
As on the previous calendar Singapore and Malaysia are consecutive events, albeit now separated by two weeks instead of one. Singapore and Japan form the next twin of races. The Circuit of the Americas retains its October 23rd date while the Mexican Grand Prix has been moved back one week, forming back-to-back races with the penultimate round in Brazil.
F1’s record 21-race season will conclude in Abu Dhabi, as it has since last year.
Revised 2016 F1 calendar
|1||Australian Grand Prix||March 18 – 20||Forum|
|2||Bahrain Grand Prix||April 1 – 3||Forum|
|3||Chinese Grand Prix||April 15 – 17||Forum|
|4||Russian Grand Prix||April 29 – May 1||Forum|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||May 13 – 15||Forum|
|6||Monaco Grand Prix||May 26 – 29||Forum|
|7||Canadian Grand Prix||June 10 – 12||Forum|
|8||European Grand Prix||June 17 – 19||Forum|
|9||Austrian Grand Prix||July 1 – 3||Forum|
|10||British Grand Prix||July 8 – 10||Forum|
|11||Hungarian Grand Prix||July 22 – 24||Forum|
|12||German Grand Prix||July 29 – 31||Forum|
|13||Belgian Grand Prix||August 26 – 28||Forum|
|14||Italian Grand Prix||September 2 – 4||Forum|
|15||Singapore Grand Prix||September 16 – 18||Forum|
|16||Malaysian Grand Prix||September 30 – October 2||Forum|
|17||Japanese Grand Prix||October 7 – 9||Forum|
|18||United States Grand Prix||October 21 – 23||Forum|
|19||Mexican Grand Prix||November 4 – 6||Forum|
|20||Brazilian Grand Prix||November 11 – 13||Forum|
|21||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||November 25 – 27||Forum|
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