F1 to stage its long­est-ever sea­son in 2016

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

With the re­turn of the Ger­man GP and the ad­di­tion of Azer­bai­jan to the sched­ule, F1 is set to hold a stag­ger­ing 21 races next year

A pro­vi­sional For­mula 1 cal­en­dar pub­lished by the FIA in July has re­vealed that the num­ber of grands prix staged in 2016 could in­crease to 21 – one more than the all-time record of 20 races held in 2012.

The ad­di­tional two races are ac­counted for by the inau­gu­ral Euro­pean Grand Prix in Azer­bai­jan’s cap­i­tal Baku, and the re­turn of the Ger­man GP at Hock­en­heim. These two races are sched­uled to run con­sec­u­tively, with Azer­bai­jan on 17 July and Ger­many on 31 July. That timetable is partly inuenced by the de­sire of the Azer­bai­jan gov­ern­ment to em­pha­sise that the coun­try is a part of Europe.

There are still doubts about the long-term fu­ture of the Ger­man race. Hock­en­heim and the Nür­bur­gring have ro­tated the event in pre­vi­ous years, but the Nür­bur­gring still has nan­cial prob­lems, and Hock­en­heim chiefs say they can’t af­ford to host the race ev­ery year. Hock­en­heim has said a strong at­ten­dance at the 2016 event is nec­es­sary if F1 is to “have a fu­ture” in Ger­many.

The Rus­sian GP will move from Oc­to­ber to May, while Malaysia moves from March to Septem­ber, to run back-to-back with Sin­ga­pore.

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