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2014-09-12 14:39

MEXICO RETURNS TO F1: The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix will be held at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (pictured here) circuit in Mexico City, the countries first F1 race since 1992 Image: Hermanos Rodriguez official site

LONDON, England - The Formula 1 calendar will expand to a record-equalling 20 races in 2015 season with Mexico returning after a 23-year absence, reports the governing International Automobile Federation.

The 2014 calendar has 19 races.

The November 1 2015 race in Mexico City will be paired with the US GP in Austin, Texas. Mexico last appeared on the calendar in 1992.

OZ GP TO START

The Australian GP in Melbourne will start the season, as usual, on March 5 while Abu Dhabi will again end the championship on November 29 2015.

The 2014 race in Abu Dhabi will see, controversially, double points awarded for the first time.

There was no mention in the International Automobile Federation statement, issued after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Beijing, whether that would continue to be the case in 2015.

FOUR ‘PAIRS’ OF RACES

There will again be a two-week break between Australia and the second round in Malaysia, rather than putting them on as back-to-back events. However there will be four 'pairs' of races on successive weekends, with Malaysia and Bahrain running consecutively before Germany and Hungary, Singapore and Japan and then United States and Mexico.

Japan has been paired with Russia,the latter making its F1 debut, in Sochi, in October 2014.

As expected, the Indian GP, dropped at the end of 2013, failed to make a return. There was also no room for a proposed race in New Jersey after successive postponements.

F1 previously featured 20 races in 2012, with some teams reluctant to go beyondthat number.

2015 Formula 1 draft calendar:
March 5 - Australia
March 29 - Malaysia
April 5 - Bahrain
April 19 - China
May 10 - Spain
May 24 - Monaco
June 7 - Canada
June 21 - Austria
July 5 - Britain
July 19 - Germany
July 26 - Hungary
August 23 - Belgium
September 6 - Italy
September 20 - Singapore
September 27 - Japan
October 11 - Russia
October 25 - United States
November 1 - Mexico
November. 15 - Brazil
November 29 - Abu Dhabi
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