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2015-09-30 16:26

F1 ACTION TO START EARLIER IN 2016: The 2016 F1 season will start much earlier as the Australian GP moves to March 20. Image: AP / Rob Griffith

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London, England - The 2016 season-opening Australian GP in Melbourne will move forward to March 20 after previously being listed for a later than usual start on April 3, organisers said on Wednesday.

"The change of the date is part of a number of changes on a provisional calendar issued by the World Motor Sport Council," they said in a statement on the official race website.

The April 3 date would have been the latest start to a championship since 1988.

New calendar

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) was due to publish the latest draft calendar later on Wednesday after ratification by its World Motor Sport Council. The previous draft had a record 21 rounds.

Singapore had objected to having its September race back-to-back with neighbouring Malaysia while teams had also expressed concern about the effect on personnel if the August break was shortened from the usual three weeks.


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