F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly been considering moving the Australian Grand Prix from the current slot of April 3, a week earlier to March 27.
If the proposal is put through, Formula 1 teams will be faced with a major headache of getting their cars ready in time for pre-season testing, which is scheduled for March 1 in Barcelona.
As it is, teams work to a tight schedule where every week for the 2016 car is accounted for with R&D, crash testing dates and the actual build of the car itself.
There is one spanner in the works, however, that doesn’t bode in favour of the teams. March 27 is Easter weekend, and Australian Grand Prix CEO Andrew Westacott has already dismissed the possibility of the race to be held on that weekend.
“It’s not a problem. We’ll conduct the race on whatever date suits the requirements of the global F1 calendar except Easter. Otherwise, we’re open-minded,” Westacott told Fairfax media.
“We’re not assuming anything at this stage, but scheduling the F1 Australian Grand Prix over the Easter weekend is not acceptable.”
This leaves March 20 to be the likely weekend that the Australian GP will be held, which will have a knock-on effect for other events close to the start of the season.
Malaysia seems to have almost got what they wanted, as they requested to be put further back towards the end of the season. Although a previous version of the provisional calendar sees their race run back-to-back with Singapore.
Singapore GP organisers aren’t happy they have to share their allotted spot with Malaysia, given that the countries are separated by less than an hour. The fear is Singapore will lose sales with a race so close to the Malaysian GP.
Here’s how the 2016 is currently looking:
|1||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Street Circuit, Melbourne||20 March|
|2||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||3 April|
|3||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai||17 April|
|4||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||1 May|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona||15 May|
|6||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||29 May|
|7||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal||12 June|
|8||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||26 June|
|9||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||3 July|
|10||Baku European Grand Prix||Baku Street Circuit, Baku||17 July|
|11||German Grand Prix||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim||31 July|
|12||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest||7 August|
|13||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||4 September|
|14||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||11 September|
|15||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore||25 September|
|16||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Circuit, Suzuka||2 October|
|17||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas||16 October|
|18||Mexican Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||30 October|
|19||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||6 November|
|20||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur||20 November|
|21||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||27 November|
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