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2016 Formula One season to have 21 races, simpler grid penalties

2016 Formula One season to have 21 races, simpler grid penalties image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Mercedes AMG Petronas Facebook page | posted July 13, 2015 11:21

The German Grand Prix is back, F1 to debut in Azerbaijan

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved a 21-race calendar for the 2016 Formula One (F1) season, including the inaugural race in Baku, Azerbaijan on July 17.

The 2016 F1 season will kick off on April 3 in Australia and end in Abu Dhabi on November 27. Aside from the addition of a new race in Baku, fans would witness the return of the German Grand Prix which was dropped this year due to financial issues.

On the other hand, the British Grand Prix will be held on June 26 while the Malaysian GP will be moved from March to September which is a week after the Singapore GP.

Regulation changes

The 2016 F1 season will also have a number of regulation changes which includes the simplification of engine penalties wherein drivers will be demoted to the rear of the grid if they break the rules restricting power-unit usage. In addition, FIA says manufacturers will be allowed to use five power units rather than four.

The provisional calendar for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship:

Date Grand Prix

April 3

Australia

April 10

China

April 24

Bahrain

May 1

Sochi

May 15

Spain

May 29

Monaco

June 12

Canada

June 26

UK

July 3

Austria

July 17

Baku

July 31

Germany

August 7

Hungary

August 28

Belgium

September 4

Italy

September 18

Singapore

September 25

Malaysia

October 9

Japan

October 23

USA (Austin)

October 30

Mexico

November 13

Brazil

November 27

Abu Dhabi