Formula 1 Calendar Includes 21 Races Next Season, Return To France, Germany
Formula 1 is set for its first tripleheader after the sport's governing body approved a 21-race calendar for next season, according to Philip Duncan of the PA. The returning French Grand Prix, "pencilled in for June 24," will "kick off a streak of three consecutive races," with the Austrian GP to follow a week later and the British GP to be staged at Silverstone on July 8. With back-to-back races at Hockenheim in Germany, absent from the schedule this year, and the Hungarian GP also taking place in July, the sport's teams will be "pushed to their limit with an unprecedented five races taking place inside just six weeks." The calendar was approved by the FIA following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday (PA, 6/19). SKY SPORTS' James Galloway reported the order of the races is "largely the same as this year, with a couple of notable changes." The Azerbaijan GP in Baku will take place two months earlier on April 29, while the Russian GP in Sochi has been moved back to a late September slot after hosting this year's fourth round. The Singapore and Chinese GPs "remain subject to confirmation pending new hosting contracts." The season will begin in Australia on March 25, the same weekend as this year, and end in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 25 (SKY SPORTS, 6/19).