2016 US GP ‘subject to agreement’ on updated F1 schedule

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Doubts over the future of the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas continue to grow after the latest draft of the 2016 Formula 1 calendar has the race listed as being ‘subject to agreement’.

Following the meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council this week, a confirmed schedule for next season was released on Wednesday featuring the 21 races that featured on the last provisional version.

As part of the sporting changes agreed by the WMSC, the maximum number of races per season has increased from 20 to 21 to accommodate the return of Germany and the arrival of Azerbaijan.

However, after the Circuit of The Americas had its state funding cut earlier this month and suffered a recent weekend that circuit chairman Bobby Epstein called “financially devastating”, another blow has come after the 2016 race was listed as being “subject to agreement with the promoter and ASN”.

The updated calendar features only one date change from the previous version, with Mexico being brought forward by a week to form a back-to-back with the US GP.

Once again, the WMSC stressed that the start time of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan will be adapted to ensure that it does not overlap with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is due to finish on June 19.

Confirmed FIA Formula One World Championship 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 10 – British Grand Prix
July 24 – Hungarian Grand Prix
July 31 – German Grand Prix
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**
October 30 – 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
**subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN