Revised 2016 Formula 1 schedule revealed at WMSC meeting

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Several changes have been confirmed to the updated provisional calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season, following today’s World Motor Sport Council meeting.

The first domino that was set to fall was the Australian Grand Prix moving forward two weeks, which was announced prior to the WMSC meeting.

In total, eight of the 21 races announced have either moved locations or dates from the previous provisional calendar.

The updated schedule is linked below, while the previous schedule is linked below that, to give a comparison of the changes:

Revised 2016 Formula 1 Season Calendar

March 20 – Australian Grand Prix
April 3 – Bahrain Grand Prix
April 17 – Chinese Grand Prix

May 1 – Russian Grand Prix
May 15 – Spanish Grand Prix
May 29 – Monaco Grand Prix
June 12 – Canadian Grand Prix
June 19 – European Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)*
July 3 – Austrian Grand Prix
July 10British Grand Prix
July 24 – Hungarian Grand Prix
July 31 – German Grand Prix (Hockenheim)
August 28 – Belgian Grand Prix
September 4 – Italian Grand Prix
September 18 – Singapore Grand Prix
October 2 – Malaysian Grand Prix
October 9 – Japanese Grand Prix
October 23 – United States Grand Prix
November 6 – Mexican Grand Prix
November 13 – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 27 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

*race start to be scheduled to avoid conflict with the conclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Races in bold have changed dates.

The provisional calendar, announced in July, is linked here:

Provisional 2016 Formula 1 Season Calendar

April 3 – Australian Grand Prix
April 10 – Chinese Grand Prix
April 24 – Bahrain Grand Prix
May 1 – Russian Grand Prix
May 15 – Spanish Grand Prix
May 29 – Monaco Grand Prix
June 12 – Canadian Grand Prix
June 26 – British Grand Prix
July 3 – Austrian Grand Prix
July 17 – European Grand Prix (Azerbaijan)
July 31 – German Grand Prix
August 7 – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 28 – Belgian Grand Prix
September 4 – Italian Grand Prix
September 18 – Singapore Grand Prix
September 25 – Malaysian Grand Prix
October 9 – Japanese Grand Prix
October 23 – United States Grand Prix
October 30 – Mexican Grand Prix
November 13 – Brazilian Grand Prix
November 27 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Insert your conflict weekends here.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed their new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with US-based Ford Motors in a press event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Team Principle Christian Horner. They are the only Formula 1 team to launch in the United States, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen had already wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts will inevitably turn to establishing a dynasty – and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his principle rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.