WMSC: Simpler Power Unit Penalties For Remainder of 2015 and 21 Race Calendar For 2016

Following proposals from the F1 Strategy Group, the World Motorsports Council met today in Mexico to discuss what was put forward along with a number of other things that concern the championships that it governs.

The big takeaways for Formula 1 are that we will see a simplification of Power Unit penalties for the remainder for the 2015 season, meaning drivers will no longer receive in-race drive thru’s for Power Unit-related penalties, with the most a driver can be penalised being to the rear of the grid.

Honda will also receive an extra Power Unit for the reminder for this season, with new manufacturers also receiving a fifth unit throughout their first season before having to revert to four.

For 2016 a 21-race calendar has been confirmed, with it starting in April and finishing in November. This features the new Baku Grand Prix to be held in Azerbajan, with Malaysia shuffled to September, Russia to the beginning of May, and the return of the German Grand Prix in July. Hungary will also take place in August, to make way for Baku which will be in July back-to-back with Germany.

The calendar is also feature seven back-to-back races, and only a two weekend break in August for what was previously a three weekend break.

April 3 – Australia
April 10 – China
April 24 – Bahrain
May 1 – Sochi
May 15 – Spain
May 29 – Monaco
June 12 – Canada
June 26 – UK
July 3 – Austria
July 17 – Baku
July 31 – Germany
August 7 – Hungary
August 28 – Belgium
September 4 – Italy
September 18 – Singapore
September 25 – Malaysia
October 9 – Japan
October 23 – USA (Austin)
October 30  -Mexico
November 13 – Brazil
November 27 – Abu Dhabi

Additionally there are increased flexibility for drivers who have qualified for a Super Licence but do not have the opportunity to race in F1, with drivers keeping theirs for the next three years to put it in line with a typical F1 test driver situation. The champion of Formula E will also be given a Super Licence, despite it not being apart of the points system.

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