The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has confirmed the provisional 2016 Formula 1 calendar, with the latest schedule showing the season starting once more in March.
The initial schedule had seen a more compressed season that would have started at the beginning of April, but due to concerns about the lack of the mid-season break, some events have had their dates changed, including the opening race of the season in Australia, which now holds a 20 March date.
The new calendar has been ratified by the WMSC, with the Malaysian Grand Prix now being held on 02 October, a week before the MotoGP event at the same circuit, the first time the two events will run back-to-back.
The European Grand Prix at Baku in Azerbaijan has also had its date altered, with the new-for-2016 event now taking place on 19 June, the same date as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, putting Nico Hulkenberg’s plans to defend his race victory in doubt.
2016 Formula 1 Provisional Schedule
|March 20||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne|
|April 03||Bahrain Grand Prix||Sakhir|
|April 10||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai|
|May 01||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi|
|May 15||Spanish Grand Prix||Catalunya|
|May 29||Monaco Grand Prix||Monte Carlo|
|June 12||Canadian Grand Prix||Montreal|
|June 19||European Grand Prix||Baku|
|July 03||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring|
|July 10||British Grand Prix||Silverstone|
|July 24||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring|
|July 31||German Grand Prix||Hockenheim|
|August 28||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps|
|September 04||Italian Grand Prix||Monza|
|September 18||Singapore Grand Prix||Singapore|
|October 02||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang|
|October 09||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka|
|October 23||United States Grand Prix||Austin|
|November 06||Mexican Grand Prix||Mexico City|
|November 13||Brazilian Grand Prix||Interlagos|
|November 27||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina|