Formula 1

FIA makes bad Korea move

2012 Korean Grand Prix

In a move that’s almost as crap as the headline above and that should surprise noone the FIA has quietly removed the Korean Grand Prix from the 2015 F1 calendar.

That leaves us with a 20-race season, with the proviso that the previously published 21-race season should trigger a clause allowing drivers to have access to five engine units in 2015, instead of four as originally planned when the new engine regulations were launched.

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.”

According to the BBC, the FIA came under pressure from Renault and Red Bull to add the extra race to the calendar. By signing off on the 21-race calendar last month it would appear that the teams, or at least Red Bull, will be happy to have more engine units to play with.

However, there is a recently discovered loophole in the regs that will allow all engine manufacturers, except Honda, to stagger engine improvements throughout the season. Honda will have to comply with rules as applied to engine makers in 2014 and therefore must finalise its engine by the end of February.

Pretty daft, huh?

Back to realiuty for a moment; you can see the revised 2015 calendar after the break.

RoundDateGrand Prix
115 MarchAUSTRALIA (Melbourne)
229 MarchMALAYSIA (Sepang)
312 AprilCHINA (Shanghai)
419 AprilBAHRAIN (Sakhir)
510 MaySPAIN (Barcelona)
624 MayMONACO (Monaco)
77 JuneCANADA (Montreal)
821 JuneAUSTRIA (Red Bull Ring)
95 JulyBRITAIN (Silverstone)
1020 JulyGERMANY (TBC)
1126 JulyHUNGARY (Budapest)
1223 AugustBELGIUM (Spa)
136 SeptemberITALY (Monza)
1420 SeptemberSINGAPORE (Marina Bay)
1527 SeptemberJAPAN (Suzuka)
1611 OctoberRUSSIA (Sochi)
1725 OctoberUSA (Austin)
181 NovemberMEXICO (Mexico City)
1915 NovemberBRAZIL (Interlagos)
2029 NovemberABU DHABI (Yas Marina)

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