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Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has formally ratified a 21-race calendar for the 2016 season, running from March to November. A meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council confirmed a change in the Formula 1 sporting regulations, increasing the maximum permitted number of races from 20 to 21 in a season. The 2016 campaign will feature more rounds than any other in F1 history, surpassing the previous benchmark of 20 from 2012.The 2016 season will see the grid expand to 22 cars with the addition of the Haas F1 Team entry.

formula One race calendar 2016

Teams and drivers are scheduled to take part in twenty-one Grands Prix—making for the longest season in the sport’s history—starting in Australia on 20 March and finishing in Abu Dhabi on 27 November as they compete for the World Drivers’ and World Constructors’ championships. The expanded calendar features one new race – in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 17-19 – and the return of a Grand Prix in Germany, with Hockenheim hosting the race. Australia will once again host the season opener, on March 18-20, while Abu Dhabi will stage the final round for a fifth time, on November 25-27. The 2016 calendar also includes six back-to-back weekends – Canada and Baku, Austria and Great Britain, Hungary and Germany, Belgium and Italy, Malaysia and Japan, and the USA and Mexico will all be held on respective consecutive weekends. The USA’s slot remains provisional.

The 2016 Formula One calendar:

March 20 – Australia
April 3 – Bahrain
April 17 – China
May 1 – Sochi
May 15 – Spain
May 29 – Monaco
June 12 – Canada
June 19 – Baku*
July 3 – Austria
July 10 – Great Britain
July 24 – Hungary
July 31 – Germany
August 28 – Belgium
September 4 – Italy
September 18 – Singapore
October 2 – Malaysia
October 9 – Japan
October 23 – USA**
October 30 – Mexico
November 13 – Brazil
November 27 – Abu Dhabi

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Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Managing Director for RTR Sports, Riccardo graduated in law at the University of Bologna. He began his career in London in PR, then started working in two and four-wheelers. A brief move to Monaco followed before returning to Italy. There he founded RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company which, eventually, he moved back to London.
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