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Formula 1's 2016 calendar confirmed

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The FIA have confirmed the number of races in the 2016 Formula One season will increase from 20 to 21. Therefore, next year will have more races than any season so far, surpassing the record of 20 in 2012.

Azerbaijan enters the F1 calendar for the first time at the Baku City Circuit, for the European Grand Prix. In addition, the Hockenheimring returns to host the German Grand Prix after the Nurburgring failed to host the 2015 edition due to financial issues.

Two more dates have also changed for the 2016 calendar, the Malaysian Grand Prix will be held in October, instead of the earlier part of the season, and the Russian Grand Prix is being brought forward held after China. Therefore, there will six back-to-back weekends.

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The US Grand Prix is listed as provisional in this calendar after a cut in Texas state funding for next season.

There are also two failed bids for next year. The proposed Grand Prix of America was originally planned to debut in 2013, but it is yet to debut in the F1 calendar. Also, the Korean Grand Prix - which had a seven-year contract to host a F1 race - has not returned since 2014 after a four-year run.

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2016 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:

March 20 - Australia
April 3 - Bahrain
April 17 - China
May 1 - Sochi
May 15 - Spain
May 29 - Monaco
June 12 - Canada
June 19 - Baku
July 3 - Austria
July 10 - Great Britain
July 24 - Hungary
July 31 - Germany
August 28 - Belgium
September 4 - Italy
September 18 - Singapore
October 2 - Malaysia
October 9 - Japan
October 23 - USA
October 30 - Mexico
November 13 – Brazil
November 27 - Abu Dhabi

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