Provisional 21-race F1 calendar announced for 2016

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The World Motor Sport council of the FIA met last Friday in Mexico and unveiled details of the provisional F1 calendar for 2016, which features a record 21 dates between its kick off in Australia on April 3 and finale in Abu Dhabi on November 27.

As expected, the provisional 2016 calendar features a new race on the streets of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, which will be known as the European Grand Prix. Germany will also return to the calendar after an absence in 2015, with Hockenheim expected to host.

Several races have had their calendar slot moved and the length of the calendar has been shortened with a later start to the season, meaning more back-to-back races and larger potential logistics headaches for the teams. The Malaysia Grand Prix will lose its traditional early-season slot and move to September, a week after the Singapore GP while the Russian GP in Sochi will be moved from October to May, back-to-back with the Bahrain GP a week earlier.

For fans interested in travelling to races in 2016, there are some enticing double-headers planned: Australia-China, Bahrain-Russia, Britain-Austria, Germany-Hungary, Belgium-Italy, Singapore-Malaysia and USA-Mexico. Time to start planning! Be careful with bookings however (and ensure you can amend your travel dates) as the calendar will more than likely be subject to a few changes before it is ratified in December.

April 3 – Australia (Albert Park, Melbourne)
April 10 – China (Shanghai International Circuit)
April 24 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 1 – Russia (Sochi)
May 15 – Spain (Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona)
May 29 – Monaco
June 12 – Canada (Montreal)
June 26 – Britain (Silverstone)
July 3 – Austria (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
July 17 – Europe (Baku, Azerbaijan)
July 31 – Germany (Hockenheim)
August 7 – Hungary (Hungaroring, Budapest)
August 28 – Belgium (Spa Francorchamps)
September 4 – Italy (Monza, Milan)
September 18 – Singapore
September 25 – Malaysia (Sepang, Kuala Lumpur)
October 9 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 23 – USA (COTA, Austin)
October 30 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 13 – Brazil (Interlagos, Sao Paolo)
November 27 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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