FIA meeting details, 21 races in 2016?

The FIA World Motor Sport Council met Friday and agreed on the following key issues:

The WMSC has approved the rule adjustments proposed by the F1 Strategy Group and approved by the F1 Commission. These are:

–        The simplification of the power unit penalties, ensuring that the most a driver can be penalised is to be demoted to the rear of the grid – this will eliminate penalties during the race for these infractions.

–        New power unit manufacturers to F1 will receive an extra power unit for each driver to use throughout Grands Prix for the season, bringing the total to five – one more than the existing power unit suppliers. This will be applied retrospectively to Honda.

These changes to the sporting regulations will come into force with immediate effect.

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

April 3Australia
April 10China
April 24Bahrain
May 1Sochi
May 15Spain
May 29Monaco
June 12Canada
June 26UK
July 3Austria
July 17Baku
July 31Germany
August 7Hungary
August 28Belgium
September 4Italy
September 18Singapore
September 25Malaysia
October 9Japan
October 23USA (Austin)
October 30Mexico
November 13Brazil
November 27Abu Dhabi

The calendar reads 21 races and notice the inclusion of a German GP. There is no reference to which circuit in Germany will hold the event as it was slated to be at the Nurburgring this year. One assumes it will be Hockenheim in 2016.

The calendar also represents the latest start an F1 calendar has had since the 1980’s.

Hat Tip: FIA


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Paul KieferJr

1. 21 rces, eh? I’ll believe it when the event actually occurs.
2. so, it seems that the WMSC was amenable to the suggestions. Glad to know that someone was listening.

Negative Camber

Not the first time we’ve had 21 races on a calendar and not ran them all. :)

Paul KieferJr

Yeah , noticed that. Hence my skepticism.

Tom Firth

The FIA just made FIA Formula E quite viable too.