F1: FIA revises 2016 schedule, eight races receive new dates

The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne has been moved ahead two weeks in the revised F1 schedule for 2016.

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has revised and ratified the 2016 Formula One schedule, which features a number of changes from the original version released in July.

In total, eight races have new dates, including the Australian, Chinese, Bahrain, British, Azerbaijan, Hungarian, Malaysian and Mexican GP events.

Bernie Ecclestone had been wrestling with the schedule changes over the past three months, after the original calendar released attracted concerns from teams and race promoters.

The opening race in Australia has been moved to March 20, two weeks earlier than when the schedule was first unveiled.

This change creates potential logistical problem for teams, who now have to change their research and development, car build, crash testing, and spares production schedules.

Full 2016 F1 schedule:

March 20 – Melbourne

April 3 – Bahrain

April 17 – Shanghai

May 1 – Sochi

May 15 – Barcelona

May 29 – Monte Carlo

June 12 – Montreal

June 19 – Baku

July 3 – Spielberg

July 10 – Silverstone

July 24 – Budapest

July 31 – Hockenheim

August 28 – Spa-Francorchamps

September 4 – Monza

September 18 – Singapore

October 2 – Sepang

October 9 – Suzuka

October 23 – Austin

November 6 – Mexico City

November 13 – Sao Paolo

November 27 – Abu Dhabi