Following the announcement yesterday from the promoters of the Australian GP that their 2016 race would be held three weeks later than usual, TJ13 revealed an agenda in play for the future of the F1 calendar in “An F1 season with just 8 non-race weekends.”
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FOM then confirmed, “It would appear that the proposed 2016 calendar has been leaked. This calendar has not yet been approved.”
Here is that calendar.
Whilst this is a draft proposal, the agenda behind the schedule is interesting.
Firstly, the calendar has been compressed creating more back to back races. These are shaded above.
The one weekend where Formula One cannot hold an event is during Le Mans – which next year is sandwiched between Austrian GP and Azerbaijan.
As we revealed yesterday, there is an agenda to shrink and eventually get rid of the summer break.
Also, there is little to no chance Singapore and Malaysia will be back to back, but pressure is mounting on the race promoters of the Marina Bay Street Circuit race to accept Japan as a ‘next door neighbour’ rather than demanding a clear week either side of their event.
Malaysia began its F1 journey in October, however, it could return to the early season slot post China.
The shuffling everyone from Bahrain onwards forward by one week into the back of the Canadian GP – which is capable of being run back to back without too much logistical difficulties – means the season kicks of with a BANG. 8 races in 10 weeks
This document is clearly managing expectations and as the ideas within it become acceptable – will almost definitely push them further in its final version.
37 weeks for 19 races in 2015 has 21 races in just 34 weeks.
Are you a fan of a more Indycar style F1 season which schedules events most weekends during the campaign?
Or will this mean the elongated closed season becomes intolerable to bear?