2016 F1 season set to end in December

The 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit could take place on Dec. 4, 2016.

Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the 2016 F1 schedule could run into December as he tries to find a way to fit 21 events and open up space for a summer break.

Ecclestone is planning to split Singapore and Malaysia, which had been paired for the first time on the calendar originally issued by the FIA. However, Singapore is understood to prefer to be on its own as it risks losing spectators to its neighbor.

Ecclestonenow wants to move Malaysia and slot it in before Abu Dhabi, and he says the latter will still be the last race.

That would require Abu Dhabi to potentially move from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, making the season the first to finish in the last month of the year since South Africa hosted the final race in the early sixties.

“It won’t be the last, the one before,” said Ecclestone when asked about Malaysia’s move. Asked if a December finale would work for F1, he said: “It would be nice,” adding mischievously “Christmas Eve I think, we’re trying to do a good race!”

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