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FIA reveal 2016 race schedules for Formula One and Formula E along with immediate rule changes

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The FIA have released race schedules for the 2016 Formula One world championship and the 2015/2016 Formula E world championship along with numerous immediate rule changes concerning both series. The calendars and rule changes were drawn up at a meeting of the World Motorsports Council in Mexico that took place this week.

Key changes to the Formula One calendar include the return of the German Grand Prix after it’s absence this year along with the debut of the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan. The race in Baku will take place in-between the Austrian and German Grand Prix; with the Red Bull Round now taking place just after the British Grand Prix instead of just before.

Further changes comprise of the movement of the Malaysian and Russian Grand Prix. Malaysia now moves to it’s old spot near the end of the season, with Russia becoming the 4th round after Bahrain and before Spain. Finally the start of the season has been confirmed to take place on April 3rd in Australia, with the second round in China taking place just a week after in Shanghai.

Several changes to Formula One regulations have also been implemented with immediate effect, which include “the simplification of the power unit penalties, ensuring that the most a driver can be penalized is to be demoted to the rear of the grid – this will eliminate penalties during the race for these infractions” and that new power unit manufactures “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 both resolve heavily criticized problems of late by drivers, teams, pundits and fans.

The FIA simultaneously revealed the calendar for the second season of the Formula E championship. The calendar largely remains the same except for the disappearance of the Monaco ePrix (which will alternate year-on-year with the Historic Monaco Grand Prix event), and the exciting addition of the Paris ePrix in France. There remains a spot vacant on the calendar in March that has yet to be filled.

Additionally, the FIA announced a few changes to the new super-license qualifications; starting with the introduction of the E-license; now required for a driver to race in Formula E. This consists of basic safety training regarding electric power.

In terms of the Formula One super-license changes, the series included on the points system have been enlarged, with the points altered to better demonstrate the strength of the season. This includes the Formula E championship, with the champion now able to gain a super-license should an opportunity in Formula One present itself. Finally, once earning a license, a driver will keep the license for up to 3 years even if they don’t take part in a race (for instance if they are a test driver).

Both newly announced schedules can be found in full below.

2016 Formula One world championship calendar:

Round

Date

Location

1

April 3rd

Australia

2

April 10th

China

3

April 24th

Bahrain

4

May 1st

Sochi

5

May 15th

Spain

6

May 29th

Monaco

7

June 12th

Canada

8

June 26th

UK

9

July 3rd

Austria

10

July 17th

Baku

11

July 31st

Germany

12

August 7th

Hungary

13

August 28th

Belgium

14

September 4th

Italy

15

September 18th

Singapore

16

September 25th

Malaysia

17

October 9th

Japan

18

October 23rd

USA

19

October 30th

Mexico

20

November 13th

Brazil

21

November 27th

Abu Dhabi

2015/2016 Formula E world championship calendar:

Round

Date

Country

ePrix

1

17th October 2015

China

Beijing

2

7th November 2015

Malaysia

Putrajaya

3

19th December 2015

Uruguay*

Punta del Este*

4

6th February 2016

Argentina*

Buenos Aires*

5

19th March 2016

TBD

TBD

6

2nd April 2016

USA

Long Beach

7

23rd April 2016

France

Paris

8

21st May 2016

Germany

Berlin

9

4th June 2016

Russia

Moscow

10 & 11

TBD

United Kingdom

London

*Uruguay and Argentine rounds subject to FIA circuit homologation

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Jordan Groves
Jordan Groves
18 years old, UK. Formula One & Formula E Correspondent for RTR Sports. Fan of Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, IndyCar, BTCC and many more! Follow me on Twitter: @jgroves1996

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