Provisional 2016 Formula One calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has approved rule adjustments for Formula 1 and announced the provisional calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The changes include simplification of the power unit penalties, ensuring that the most a driver can be penalised is to be demoted to the rear of the grid. The effect will be to eliminate penalties during the race.
McLaren Honda Formula 1 car
With an eye on the issues that Honda are having with their return to Formula 1 with the McLaren team (the new car pictured above), the council has said that new power unit manufacturers to F1 will receive an extra power unit for each driver, bringing the total to five – one more than existing power unit suppliers. This rule will be applied retrospectively to Honda.

These changes to the sporting regulations will come into force with immediate effect.

The provisional calendar for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, approved by the council, is:

April 3: Australia

April 10: China

April 24: Bahrain

May 1: Sochi

May 15: Spain

May 29: Monaco

June 12: Canada

June 26: UK

July 3: Austria

July 17: Baku

July 31: Germany

August 7: Hungary

August 28: Belgium

September 4: Italy

September 18: Singapore

September 25: Malaysia

October 9: Japan

October 23: USA (Austin)

October 30: Mexico

November 13: Brazil

November 27: Abu Dhabi

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