FIA confirms 21 race calendar for 2016

Formula 1's biggest ever calendar has been signed off by the FIA, with the 21-race schedule having been approved by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday.

FIA confirms 21 race calendar for 2016
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing
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Will Stevens, Manor Marussia F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 E23
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C34
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However, there remains some uncertainty about the future of the Austin event, with its October 23 date being pencilled in as subject to confirmation.

The event needs to finalise a contract with the national sporting authority, plus Bernie Ecclestone – against the backdrop of funding issues.

The uncertainty about the event may have prompted the only tweak to the schedule agreed several months ago, with Mexico's date having been shifted from November 6 to October 30.

This means it will be a back-to-back with Austin again, rather than with Brazil.

The June 19 date for the Baku Grand Prix has also been set in stone, meaning that it will clash with Le Mans – as had been originally feared.

Although the early start time for the race will ensure it will not clash with the finish of the endurance classic, it means Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg will be unable to defend his title.

2016 F1 calendar:

Date

Venue

20 March

 Melbourne

3 April

 Bahrain

17 April

 Shanghai

1 May

 Sochi

15 May

 Barcelona

29 May

 Monte Carlo

12 June

 Montreal

19 June

 Baku

3 July

 Red Bull Ring

10 July

 Silverstone

24 July

 Hungaroring

31 July

 Hockenheim

28 August

 Spa-Francorchamps

4 September

 Monza

18 September

 Singapore

2 October

 Sepang

9 October

 Suzuka

23 October

 Austin

30 October

 Mexico City

13 November

 Interlagos

27 November

 Abu Dhabi

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