The FIA has ratified the 2015 Formula 1 Championship season calendar draft it issued last week, following a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The only changes to the draft version are a one-week date shift for the Japanese Grand Prix and a swapping of the dates for the series’ visit to the United States and its return – after a 23-year absence – to Mexico.
The final version will not impress any of the team’s bean counters – not to mention the swathe of team members and members of the media who have to travel at considerable expense, both financially and to their personal lives.
No doubt this might serve Formula One Management’s ultimate goal of getting the calendar expanded beyond 20 races in future years.
Singapore and Japan (brought one week earlier) now run as back-to-back events, as is the case with Bahrain-China, Germany-Hungary and USA-Mexico.
The rest – sometimes defying logic and commonsense – are staged as standalone events, with the two-week gap between events such as Australia and Malaysia, presenting a cost headache for all of the teams who either have to pay for an extra week’s accommodation for their team, or foot the airfare to fly them home and then fly them back out to southeast Asia.
In an environment where many of the teams are being vocal about cost containment, the 2015 scheduling exists in blissful ignorance.
2015 Formula 1 Championship Calendar:
|15 March||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne|
|29 March||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur|
|05 April||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|19 April||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|10 May||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona|
|24 May||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|07 June||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|21 June||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|05 July||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|19 July||German Grand Prix||Nürburgring, Nürburg|
|26 July||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|23 August||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot|
|06 September||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan|
|20 September||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|27 September||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka|
|11 October||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi|
|25 October||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|1 November||Mexican Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City|
|15 November||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
|29 November||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
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