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:

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
05 April Bahrain Grand Prix it Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
19 April Chinese Grand Prix cn Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
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
1 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

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.