F1 reveals bumper 21-race calendar for 2015

2012 Korean Grand Prix

The Korean Grand Prix is back on the Formula 1 calendar after the FIA published a surprise 21-race program during the week.

This is a bit of an odd one as there is, in theory, a 20-race cap for the F1 calendar. Speculation suggests the weeds around the Yeongam circuit will remain untouched and the race won’t actually go ahead.

It would seem the inclusion of the Korean Grand Prix has more to do with engine allowances in 2015 than it does actual racing. Under the current regulations each driver will have access to just four power units next season. However, there is a clause allowing an increase to five power units if the calendar exceeds 20 races.

In relation to engine allowances the sporting regs state: “This number will be increased to five if the number of Events in the Championship, as originally scheduled, exceeds 20.”

“Orignally scheduled” being the key words there. For example, if the season is underway and Korea remains on the calendar the teams and drivers will have five power units at their disposal for the year. If the Korean race is later cancelled then the extra engine allowance will still stand.

There could be some mileage left in this story yet.

You can see the full calendar after the break.

RoundDateGrand Prix
115 MarchAUSTRALIA (Melbourne)
229 MarchMALAYSIA (Sepang)
312 AprilCHINA (Shanghai)
419 AprilBAHRAIN (Sakhir)
53 MayKOREA (Provisional)*
610 MaySPAIN (Barcelona)
724 MayMONACO (Monaco)
87 JuneCANADA (Montreal)
921 JuneAUSTRIA (Red Bull Ring)
105 JulyBRITAIN (Silverstone)
1120 JulyGERMANY (TBC)
1226 JulyHUNGARY (Budapest)
1323 AugustBELGIUM (Spa)
146 SeptemberITALY (Monza)
1520 SeptemberSINGAPORE (Marina Bay)
1627 SeptemberJAPAN (Suzuka)
1711 OctoberRUSSIA (Sochi)
1825 OctoberUSA (Austin)
191 NovemberMEXICO (Mexico City)
2015 NovemberBRAZIL (Interlagos)
2129 NovemberABU DHABI (Yas Marina)