FIA announces revised 2016 F1 calendar

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The FIA has announced a revised 21-race calendar for 2016, which sees an earlier start to the season and a clash with Le Mans.

Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris, the provisional calendar was released which moves the opening race of the season - the Australian Grand Prix - forward two weeks to March 20. The first back-to-back of the season is scheduled as Canada (June 12) and Azerbaijan (June 19), the latter of which will see a clash with Le Mans.

While the Azerbaijan start time will be pushed back to ensure it does not clash with the conclusion of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the provisional race date will prevent Nico Hulkenberg from returning to defend his 2015 victory.

The mid-season break is reinstated with the German Grand Prix scheduled for July 31 ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28. The season will then end in Abu Dhabi on November 27.

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

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

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