In the round-up: Delaying the first race on the 2016 F1 calendar in Australia until April will cause a date clash with a popular local sports series.
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"Melbourne is set for a bumper first week of April next year after Formula One’s governing body moved the Australian Grand Prix back three weeks, putting it in competition with the AFL season."
"The reason is the lawsuit started in 2013 by Oscar Cesar Espinoza, who claims to be Fangio’s descendant."
Former Renault and Benetton team principal Flavio Briatore has been convicted over tax evasion relating to the use of his yacht Force Blue between 2006 and 2010.
"As soon as you buy your first bolt you’re no longer 100 per cent a constructor. Apart from two teams that I know of, everybody else buys engines and transmissions from other suppliers."
"We’ll see what happens in Spa as well, maybe in Spa and Monza we can have a chance there, but if it’s a normal race situation I don’t see it happening."
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Australia isn’t the only surprising date change on the 2016 F1 calendar:
I’m surprised they have Sepang so late in the year as the reason it was moved to the start of the season for 2001 was because in the later slot in had in 1999/2000 the heat/humidity was pretty much unbearable.
While its still hot/humid in March/April its significantly more bearable than it was in 99/00.
If the heat is the same as it was in the later season slot in 99/00 I’d expect to see the race moved back to the cooler temperatures of March/April for 2017 because you won’t find anyone who attended those two races who really enjoyed the conditions.
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