21-race 2016 F1 calendar approved, Austin TBC

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The FIA has approved a record calendar of 21 races for 2016, with the United States Grand Prix marked as subject to confirmation.

The final calendar displays few changes to the previous versions which were submitted for approval, with the FIA World Motor Sport Council confirming the final calendar on Wednesday evening. The only date change from the last schedule sees the Mexican Grand Prix move forward a week to become back-to-back with the United States as it was this year.

The race in Austin, however, is marked as subject to approval due to financial difficulties which have hit the Circuit of the Americas. Funding contributions from the State of Texas were cut for the 2015 race - which was also hit by torrential rain which washed out qualifying on Saturday - putting its future in doubt.

There also remains a clash between the new race in Azerbaijan and the Le Mans 24 Hours, preventing any F1 drivers from competing in both. The FIA says the start of the race will be "scheduled to avoid conflict with the conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans".

The full final calendar for 2016 is as follows:

Round Race Date
1 Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) 20 March
2 Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 3 April
3 Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) 17 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 European Grand Prix (Baku) 19 June
9 Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg) 3 July
10 British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 10 July
11 Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 24 July
12 German Grand Prix (Hockenheim) 31 July
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) 2 October
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

*Subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN

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