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2015-09-05 11:54

RADICAL CHANGES TO 2016 CALENDAR: The 2016 F1 calendar could see the mandatory summer break shortened because of an extended season. Image: AP / Rui Vieira

MONZA, Italy -  F1's race calendar for 2016 looks set for another radical change.

According to the provisional schedule, the unprecedentedly-long 21-race calendar will start later than usual in 2016, cutting into the summer break.

But the team bosses were not impressed with that plan.

SUMMER BREAK IMPERATIVE FOR TEAMS

Force India's Bob Fernley said: "The travelling staff need to have that summer break and if we don't do that we're going to burn them out or we're going to have to bring in a second crew."

So it emerges that moves are afoot to restore the full summer break for 2016.  But that may only be achieved by shifting the Malaysian GP.

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Sepang had provisionally been paired with the popular night race Singapore, but the British broadcaster Sky said on Friday (August 4) that Malaysia was not happy with that prospect.

Malaysia may now be moved to the very end of the schedule, perhaps just before the Abu Dhabi finale, which will now push into early to mid December.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone joked: "Christmas Eve I think."

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