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FIA releases 2016 Formula 1 calendar

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We bring you information on the race schedule for the coming year.

The inaugural Australian Grand Prix is scheduled for April 3rd, the season’s latest start since 1998. 

The FIA authorised and approved a record 21 race calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season. The schedule, which gives Australia the honor of hosting the inaugural race, was announced following a World Motorsport Council meeting in New Mexico. Although it was cancelled this year, the German Grand Prix still remains on the calendar. So far it isn’t clear whether Nurburgring or Hockenheim will be the venue.

However, the highlight of the schedule was the first ever Baku Grand Prix in Azerbaijan. Scheduled for July 17th , it will be run under the European Grand Prix banner. Among other talking points of the calendar is the moving of the British Grand Prix forward by two weeks to June 26th , which avoids a clash with the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time in several years. Also, the next season will also have a record of seven back to back races.

There was also a reshuffle of a couple of races. The Russian Grand Prix in Sochi was shifted to April while the Malaysian Grand Prix was moved back from March to September, after the organisers requested a later date when their new deal was announced until 2018. 

Here’s the schedule:

Date Race
April 3rd Australian Grand Prix
April 10th Chinese Grand Prix
April 24th Bahrain Grand Prix
May 1st Russian Grand Prix
May 15th Spanish Grand Prix
May 29th Monaco Grand Prix
June 12th Canadian Grand Prix
June 26th British Grand Prix
July 3rd Austrian Grand Prix
July 17th Azerbaijan Grand Prix
July 31st German Grand Prix
August 7th Hungarian Grand Prix
August 28th Belgium Grand Prix
September 4th Italian Grand Prix
September 18th Singapore Grand Prix
September 25th Malyasian Grand Prix
October 9th Japanese Grand Prix
October 23rd United States Grand Prix
October 30th Mexican Grand Prix
November 13th Brazilian Grand Prix
November 27th Abu Dabi Grand Prix


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