FIA announce provisional 1996 calendar

Rumours in the pit lane at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week-end suggest a shake-up of the current Formula One Season Calendar to take place in 1996. The new calendar would start at the new Melbourne circuit on March 3rd and the finale would...

Rumours in the pit lane at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week-end suggest a shake-up of the current Formula One Season Calendar to take place in 1996. The new calendar would start at the new Melbourne circuit on March 3rd and the finale would take place at the Sentul circuit in Malaysa.

The new calendar would comprise of 18 races of which 2 are likely to be deleted in the final draft. An interesting attachment to the usual schedule is Zelteg in Austria where Gerhard Berger will get the chance to race in his home grand prix for the first time since 1987.

A daunting long haul start of Melbourne, Aida, Brazil and Argentina may have the smaller teams worried over the financial of trailing a full formula one team across several continents in a short space of time. The scedule then moves into Europe for San Marino, Spain, and Monte Carlo before jetting off to Canada. The return to Europe involves the usual races of France, Britain and Germany. The race at Hungry is still on after speculation that 1995 would be the last visit to the Hungaroring for some time. Austria will preeceed Spa while Italy and Portugal will round off the European season. The Suzuka track at Japan will again feature as the penultamate race as Malaysa replaces the usual finale at Adelaide.

The proposed big finish at Las Vegas now seems to be definitely off after a lot of media hype surrounding the race and several million dollars of US investment.

In related news, the 1995 Italian Grand Prix at Monza is now to go ahead after multiple cancelations and reinstatemants over enviromental pressure involving the cutting down of trees. The much troubled race at Aida is also due to take place after worries that the earth-quake earlier in the year had caused too much damage to the circuit for it to be drivable by the end of the season.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gerhard Berger