F1 2016 Calendar – Major Changes

The 2016 Calendar is still not confirmed but due to teams wanting an extended summer break and Singapore wanting a position away from Malaysia the season may not finish until December 11. Bernie Ecckestone, confirmed to Autosport, “we are moving Malaysia away from Singapore because the Singaporeans aren’t happy being back to back with Malaysia.”

Also the teams have demanded a 3 week shut down at summer, due to the long and stressful season.  This will mean the Belgian, Italian and Singapore GP’s will likely move a week back.

The Calendar could now look like this:

  1. Australian GP – April 3
  2. Chinese GP – April 10
  3. Bahrain GP – April 24
  4. Russian GP – May 1
  5. Spanish GP – May 15
  6. Monaco GP – May 29
  7. Canadian GP – June 12
  8. British GP – June 26
  9. Austrian GP – July 3
  10. European GP – July 17
  11. German GP – July 31
  12. Hungarian GP – August 7
  13. Belgian GP – September 4
  14. Italian GP – September 11
  15. Singapore GP – September 25
  16. Japanese GP – October 9
  17. US GP – October 23
  18. Mexican GP – October 30
  19. Brazilian GP – November 13
  20. Malaysian GP – November 27
  21. Abu Dhabi GP – December 4/11
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F1 2016 Provisional Calendar with Predicted TV Picks

The 2016 F1 Provisional Calendar has been released. I have provided my expected TV picks between Sky Sports and the BBC.

April 3 – Australia – Sky
April 10 – China – Sky
April 24 – Bahrain – BBC
May 1 – Russia – Sky
May 15 – Spain – BBC
May 29 – Monaco – Sky
June 12 – Canada – BBC
June 26 – UK – BBC
July 3 – Austria – Sky
July 17 – Baku – Sky
July 31 – Germany – BBC
August 7 – Hungary – Sky
August 28 – Belgium – BBC
September 4 – Italy – Sky
September 18 – Singapore – BBC
September 25 – Malaysia – Sky
October 9 – Japan – BBC
October 23 – USA – Sky
October 30 – Mexico – Sky
November 13 – Brazil – BBC
November 27 – Abu Dhabi – BBC

Here are my predictions, what do you think?

F1 2016 Calendar? The Leaked Version

The 2016 F1 Calendar has been leaked with a possibility of 21 races and a April 3rd start. It also shows movement between a few of the races including Russia moving to round 4 and Malaysia dropping to a late September date.

The Calendar could be as follows:

April 3 – Australia (Albert Park)

April 10 – China (Shanghai)

April 24 – Bahrain (Sakhir)

May 1 – Russia (Sochi)

May 15 – Spain (Barcelona)

May 29 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)

June 12 – Canada (Montreal)

June 26 – Britain (Silverstone)

July 3 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)

July 17 – Europe (Baku)

July 31 – Germany (Hockenheim)

August 7 – Hungary (Hungaroring)

August 28 – Belgium (Spa)

September 4 – Italy (Monza)

September 18 – Singapore (Marina Bay)

September 25 – Malaysia (Sepang)

October 9 – Japan (Suzuka)

October 23 – USA (Austin)

October 30 – Mexico (Mexico City)

November 13 – Brazil (Interlagos)

November 27 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

F1 2015 Revised Calendar – No German GP

The revised 2015 F1 Calendar was released yesterday after it was announced the German GP has been scrapped due to financial troubles in Germany. It is still uncertain if Hockenheim will have the race in 2016 but couldn’t afford a race this year due to a drop in ticket sales. Only 55,000 tickets were sold in 2014 – which is weird when a German car is dominating the sport – they’re clearly missing Schumacher.

Below are the session start times for the 19 Grands Prix on the Calendar:

Spain – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Monaco – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Canada – Q: 18.00 & R: 19.00

Austria – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Britain – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Hungary – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Belgium – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Italy – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

Singapore – Q: 14.00 & R: 13.00

Japan – Q: 07.00 & R: 06.00

Russia – Q: 12.00 & R: 12.00

USA – Q: 19.00 & R: 19.00

Mexico – Q: 19.00 & R: 19.00

Brazil – Q: 16.00 & R: 16.00

UAE – Q: 13.00 & R: 13.00

F1 2015 Teams and Drivers

F1 2015 Teams and Drivers have finally been announced following the confirmation of Manor Marussia.

Mercedes – Hamilton & Rosberg
Red Bull – Ricciardo & Kvyat
Williams – Bottas & Massa
Ferrari – Vettel & Raikonnen
McLaren – Button & Alonso
Lotus – Grosjean & Maldanado
Force India – Hulkenburg & Perez
Toro Rosso – Verstappen & Sainz Jr
Sauber – Nasr* & Ericsson*
Manor – Mehri & Stevens

*Van Der Garde has a contract and has won a legal battle to take a Sauber seat off the above drivers.

BBC and Sky 2015 Pick Order

F1 2015 Schedule Details for the shared agreement between BBC and Sky Sports.

March 15th – Australia (Melbourne) – Sky
March 29th – Malaysia (Sepang) – BBC and Sky
April 12th – China (Shanghai) – Sky
April 19th – Bahrain (Sakhir) – BBC and Sky
May 10th – Spain (Barcelona) – Sky
May 24th – Monaco (Monaco) – Sky
June 7th – Canada (Montreal) – BBC and Sky
June 21st – Austria (Red Bull Ring) – Sky
July 5th – Britain (Silverstone) – BBC and Sky
July 19th – Germany (TBA) – Sky
July 26th – Hungary (Budapest) – BBC and Sky
August 23rd – Belgium (Spa) – BBC and Sky
September 6th – Italy (Monza) – Sky
September 20th – Singapore (Marina Bay) – Sky
September 27th – Japan (Suzuka) – BBC and Sky
October 11th – Russia (Sochi) – BBC and Sky
October 25th – USA (Circuit of the Americas) – Sky
November 1st – Mexico (Mexico City) – Sky
November 15th – Brazil (Interlagos) – BBC and Sky
November 29th – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – BBC and Sky