F1’s revised 2016 calendar confirmed


The Australian Grand Prix will once again get the season started in March, while Azerbaijan makes its debut as European GP host in June.

Race organisers confirmed earlier in the week that the Australian GP would open the 2016 campaign on March 20, after the race had originally been penciled in for early April.

In other changes, Bahrain switches from the fourth race of the season to the second, with the Malaysian Grand Prix, which was the second race of the current season, moving to October where it slots in between races in Singapore and Japan.

There are sure to be a few eyebrows raised with the decision to host the inaugural European GP in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 19, the week after the Canadian GP, and on the same weekend as the Le Mans 24 hours.

A four-week summer break has been accommodated between the German GP on July 31 and the Belgian GP on August 28.

Fears that the new 21-race season would run into December have not come to fruition, with the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi set for November 27.

Updated provisional 2016 F1 calendar
March 20: Australian GP
April 3: Bahrain GP
April 17: Chinese GP
May 1: Russian GP
May 15: Spanish GP
May 29: Monaco GP
June 12: Canadian GP
June 19: European GP (Azerbaijan)
July 3: Austrian GP
July 10: British GP
July 24: Hungarian GP
July 31: German GP
August 28: Belgian GP
September 4: Italian GP
September 18: Singapore GP
October 2: Malaysia GP
October 9: Japanese GP
October 23: United States GP
November 6: Mexican GP
November 13: Brazilian GP
November 27: Abu Dhabi GP