Date: 3rd December 2015 at 12:45pm
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2016 will be the biggest season ever for Formula One.

The FIA World Motor Sport Council have formally signed off on a 21 race season for the 2016 Formula One World Championship.

In addition to the 19 race season that Formula One raced during 2015, F1 will welcome back the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim and visit Baku for the first time as Azerbaijan hosts the European Grand Prix.

The Mexico Grand Prix has been shifted from November 6th to October 30th, so that it runs back-to-back with the United Stated Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

However that shift also closes the gap on the calendar just in case the race in America drops off the schedule due to ongoing financial problems.

2016 Formula One World Championship calendar

Race 1 – 20th March 2016 – Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
Race 2 – 3rd April 2016 – Bahrain Grand Prix
Race 3 – 17th April 2016 – Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)
Race 4 – 1st May 2016 – Russian Grand Prix (Sochi)
Race 5 – 15th May 2016 – Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona)
Race 6 – 29th May 2016 – Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)
Race 7 – 12th June 2016 – Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
Race 8 – 19th June 2016 – European Grand Prix (Baku)
Race 9 – 3rd July 2016 – Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring)
Race 10 – 10th July 2016 – British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
Race 11 – 24th July 2016 – Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring)
Race 12 – 31st July 2016 – German Grand Prix (Hockenheim)
Race 13 – 28th August 2016 – Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps)
Race 14 – 4th September 2016 – Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
Race 15 – 18th September 2016 – Singapore Grand Prix
Race 16 – 2nd October 2016 – Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang)
Race 17 – 9th October 2016 – Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
Race 18 – 23rd October 2016 – United States Grand Prix (Austin)
Race 19 – 30th October 2016 – Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico City)
Race 20 – 13th November 2016 – Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos)
Race 21 – 27th November 2016 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix