FIA approves 21-race calendar for 2016

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The 2016 F1 season is set to feature 21 races with the first round taking place on April 3 after approval from the FIA.

A meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City on Friday saw the provisional calendar approved, with the season set to start in April in Melbourne. The inaugural race in Azerbaijan is scheduled in for July 17, while the German Grand Prix returns and there are a number of back-to-back races including Singapore and Malaysia in September.

With Malaysia dropping to late in the season, the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi will  be the fourth round of the year as part of a back-to-back pairing with Bahrain, following another initial back-to-back of Australia and China.

The full calendar for 2016 released by the FIA is as follows:

Round Race Date
1 Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 3 April
2 Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 10 April
3 Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 24 April
4 Russian Grand Prix (Sochi) 1 May
5 Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona) 15 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) 29 May
7 Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) 12 June
8 British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 26 June
9 Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg) 3 July
10 European Grand Prix (Baku) 17 July
11 German Grand Prix (TBC) 31 July
12 Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 7 August
13 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 28 August
14 Italian Grand Prix (Monza) 4 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay) 18 September
16 Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang) 25 September
17 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 9 October
18 United States Grand Prix (Austin) 23 October
19 Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City) 30 October
20 Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos) 13 November
21 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) 27 November

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