Korean GP back on calendar

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Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Formula One faces a potentially record-breaking 21-race schedule in 2015 with the Korean Grand Prix surprisingly re-emerging on the calendar.

Earlier this year a record-equalling 20-grand prix calendar was unveiled, matching the exhausting number of events set in 2012.

But following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday it has emerged there may now be 21 races next year.

Following a four-year run after its debut in 2010, the race – staged in Mokpo at the southern tip of South Korea – dropped off the calendar for this season due to a lack of funds and poor attendances.

It was suggested at the time the race would be unlikely to make a return, but it has been given a ‘to be confirmed’ date of May 3, just a week ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

A minor tweak to the start of the calendar sees Malaysia now a stand-alone race on March 29 rather than back to back with Bahrain.

The race at the Sakhir circuit is now on April 19 and twinned with China, which will be staged a week before on April 12.

Given the teams had previously complained about Singapore-Japan being back to back in September, and that has been retained, it is unlikely they will wear the prospect of four grands prix in five weekends across April and May, with Korea now shoehorned in.

Confirmed 2015 Formula One calendar:

Mar 15 – Australia

Mar 29 – Malaysia

Apr 12 – China

Apr 19 – Bahrain

May 3 – Korea (TBC)

May 10 – Spain

May 24 – Monaco

Jun 7 – Canada

Jun 21 – Austria

Jul 5 – Great Britain

Jul 19 – Germany

Jul 26 – Hungary

Aug 23 – Belgium

Sep 6 – Italy

Sep 20 – Singapore

Sep 27 – Japan

Oct 11 – Russia

Oct 25 – United States

Nov 1 – Mexico

Nov 15 – Brazil

Nov 29 – Abu Dhabi

Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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