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The 2016 Formula One season is beginning to take shape as a provisional calendar has now been announced. Unfortunately for us fans, the seemingly endless winter break will be notably longer as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne will not be until April 3rd, much later than in recent years. This is so that the race can have an earlier start time as daylight saving time will have ended there.

New to the calendar is the European(ish) Grand Prix held on the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan, while the German Grand Prix is back (for now) at the Hockenheimring.

Provisional 2016 F1 Calendar

April 3 – Australia (Albert Park)
April 10 – China (Shanghai)
April 24 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 1 – Russia (Sochi)
May 15 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 29 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 12 – Canada (Montreal)
June 26 – Britain (Silverstone)
July 3 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 17 – Europe (Baku)
July 31 – Germany (Hockenheim)
August 7 – Hungary (Hungaroring)
August 28 – Belgium (Spa)
September 4 – Italy (Monza)
September 18 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
September 25 – Malaysia (Sepang)
October 9 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 23 – USA (Austin)
October 30 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 13 – Brazil (Interlagos)
November 27 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

If all 21 races happen, it will be the longest season in history, surpassing the 20 races seen in the 2012 season.