The FIA World Motor Sport Council has made a further amendment to the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship calendar it finalised back in mid-September, extending it to 21 races with the return of the Korean Grand Prix.

Much of the Formula 1 media worldwide has been quick to trumpet the news as gospel, but the truth of the matter remains that majority of teams’ agreements with the sport’s commercial rights holder have capped each season at twenty races.

The addition of Korea has to be some sort of carrot for the country’s government, which poured over $70 million into the circuit’s construction and had signed up for a seven-year contract (worth another $264 million) to stage the Grand Prix from 2010-2016. The deal lasted just three years, with the remote circuit despised by the media, little loved by the drivers and shunned by a public with little motorsport knowledge.

The latest stories suggest that the Korean government is going to give Formula 1 another crack and is seeking approval to stage a street circuit race in its capital, Seoul – potentially a far more lucrative option.

It therefore makes absolutely no sense to return to Yeongyam, and that’s before you take into consideration the high travel costs associated with how this year’s calendar has been structured. Slated provisionally for a May 3 date, it comes two weeks into the traditional three-week break between the end of the first flyaway races and the start of the European season.

How the entire grid will be able to freight its equipment from what is little more than a remote backwater to the suburbs of Barcelona in just four days remains to be seen.

As far as the rest of the calendar is concerned, the originally-slated dates and venues remain in place.

Expect a further update, and don’t expect to see Korea remain.


2015 Formula 1 Championship Calendar:

Date Event Venue
15 March Australian Grand Prix au Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
29 March Malaysian Grand Prix it Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
12 April Chinese Grand Prix cn Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
19 April Bahrain Grand Prix it Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
03 May Korean Grand Prix cn Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam*
10 May Spanish Grand Prix it Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona
24 May Monaco Grand Prix it Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
07 June Canadian Grand Prix it Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
21 June Austrian Grand Prix it Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
05 July British Grand Prix it Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
19 July German Grand Prix it Nürburgring, Nürburg*
26 July Hungarian Grand Prix it Hungaroring, Budapest
23 August Belgian Grand Prix au Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
06 September Italian Grand Prix it Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan
20 September Singapore Grand Prix sg Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
27 September Japanese Grand Prix jp Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
11 October Russian Grand Prix ru Sochi Autodrom, Sochi
25 October United States Grand Prix ru Circuit of the Americas, Austin
01 November Mexican Grand Prix cn Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City^
15 November Brazilian Grand Prix au Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
29 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix au Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

* Venue to be confirmed
^ Subject to official homologation by the FIA

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