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2016 F1 Calendar and Circuit Guide

Melbourne's Albert Park kicks off the F1 season in March
1 - 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Grand Prix
Melbourne - March 20

The start of the season might be earlier this year, but Formula 1 still kicks off at its usual home in Melbourne. After months of designing, building and testing, the 2016 cars will finally hit the track competitively for the first time. We can’t wait for the lights to drop on the new season.

 

2 - 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir - April 3 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

Bahrain - scene of that titanic battle between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg back in 2014 - moves to an earlier slot on the calendar this year. Who will win under the lights in the desert? You can find out on Channel 4 as we make our live F1 bow.

 

Formula 1 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix
Shanghai - April 17

 

Teams will arrive in Shanghai after a month of travelling - but there will be no let up as they strive to establish their credentials before a return to Europe and a run of five races in two months. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton is a four-time winner in Shanghai, will he make it five in 2016?

 

4 - 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
Sochi - May 1

 

This year the Russian Grand Prix shifts from its October date an earlier May start. The tricky Sochi track, that twists around the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic venue, played hosted to one of the best races of 2015, when Sergio Perez took a surprise podium for Force India.

 

5 - 2016 Formula 1 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix
Barcelona - May 15 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

The teams and drivers will know this circuit like the back of their hands after eight days of intensive testing during the off-season. Still, expect the fans of double world champion Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr to be out in force as F1 goes racing in Catalonia.

 

6 - 2016 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Monte Carlo - May 29

 

The most famous Grand Prix of them all, Monaco is Formula 1's glamour event and is truly unlike any other race on the calendar. Watch as celebs and global stars flock to the principality to watch the finest racing drivers in the world navigate the tight and twisty streets of exclusive Monte Carlo.

 

7 - 2016 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
Montreal - June 12

 

Montreal has a knack for producing exciting races, which is only fitting of the circuit that carries the name of the legendary Canadian Gilles Villeneuve. The drivers will need to keep an eye out for the track's local groundhogs, who have made a habit of causing a nuisance in recent years.

 

8 - 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe
Baku - June 19 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

The European Grand Prix name is back in F1, as Azerbaijan hosts its maiden F1 race. The track, expected to be the fastest street circuit on the calendar, will navigate the historic centre of Azerbaijan's capital Baku, with the Caspian Sea as its backdrop. Catch it live on Channel 4.

 

9 - 2016 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix
Spielberg - July 3

 

The peace and quiet of the idyllic hills of sleepy Spielberg will be blasted apart as Formula 1 arrives at the Red Bull Ring. Owned by the energy drinks giant, the circuit has evolved into a party event, even if the Red Bull teams haven't had much luck in recent years.

 

10 - 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix
Silverstone - July 10 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

With eight of Formula 1's 11 teams based in the UK, F1 comes home as the entourage arrives at Silverstone. After back-to-back wins in 2014 and '15, the grandstands should be packed full of Lewis Hamilton fans. New-boy Jolyon Palmer should receive a warm welcome ahead of his first home Grand Prix.

 

11 - 2016 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix
Budapest - July 24 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

Tight, twisty, dusty, Budapest's Hungaroring really should not work as a circuit, but year after year it continues to deliver and the fans flock back in their droves. Vettel won a rollercoaster of a race here last year, as favourites Hamilton and Rosberg hit a series of setbacks.

 

12 - 2016 Formula 1 German Grand Prix
Hockenheim - July 31

 

After a year off the calendar, F1 returns to Germany in 2016. The old ultra-fast Hockenheim might be no more, but the current circuit is still a favourite among drivers and fans alike. How much would Mercedes, aiming for a third constructors' title on the bounce, love to win at home?

 

13 -2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps - August 28 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

One of the world's great racing venues, Spa rockets its way through the hills and forests of the Ardennes and can boast perhaps F1's most daunting challenge, the uphill sweep of Eau Rouge. Loved by fans and drivers, this is one race you really don't want to miss.

 

14 - 2016 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix
Monza - September 4 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

Monza is Formula 1's cathedral of speed. The high-speed circuit, which blasts through Milan's royal park, has played host to many of Formula 1's most memorable moments, from Ferrari's famous 1-2 in 1988 to Mika Hakkinen's tears after spinning out of the lead back in 1999.

 

15 - 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay - September 18

 

Singapore has established itself as the Eastern jewel in Formula 1's crown in recent years, setting itself up as a rival to Monaco. The Singapore flier and cityscape serve as the perfect backdrop to this one-of-a-kind race, which takes place under the floodlights of Marina Bay.

 

16 - 2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang - October 2 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

After years as one of the early fly-away rounds, the Malaysian Grand Prix moves back to a later slot in the calendar for 2016. Sebastian Vettel memorably won on only his second start for Ferrari here last year. Expect rain - the 2009 race was red flagged after a monsoon.

 

17 - 2016 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka - October 9

 

Home to so many of the great F1 title deciders down the years, Senna v Prost, Hakkinen v Schumacher, the fast, sweeping Suzuka circuit is one of the greatest racing tracks on the planet. From the daunting Degners to the flat-out 130R, Suzuka really puts drivers through the wringer - and then some.

 

18 - 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Austin - October 23

 

The Circuit of the Americas has earned its place on the F1 calendar since debuting in 2012. The circuit, one of the very best in F1, hosted one of the craziest races of 2014, with heavy rain washing out the circuit. But that didn't stop Lewis Hamilton claiming a third world title.

 

19 - 2016 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix
Mexico City - October 30 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

Mexico was lavished with rave reviews on its return to the F1 calendar last year. Situated in the heart of the bustling Mexico City and with its unique stadium complex and podium routine, you can understand why. Expect a warm welcome from the fans. Remember, sombreros are definitely the order of the day!

 

20 - 2016 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix
Interlagos - November 13

 

Home to the late, great Ayrton Senna, Interlagos, Brazil, holds a special place on the F1 calendar. Alonso, Button, Hamilton and Vettel have all won titles here, but the passionate home fans reserve their love for local favourite Felipe Massa - a two-time winner for Ferrari at Interlagos.

 

21 - 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina - November 27 - LIVE ON CHANNEL 4

 

After nine arduous months, the 2016 season will conclude in style around the spectacular Yas Marina circuit. Abu Dhabi hosted F1's very first twilight race back in 2009 and was the scene of Lewis Hamilton second world title win in 2014, as he capped of an incredible season with a win.

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