The FIA has issued a calendar for next year, with the continuing stupidity of expensive stand-alone fly-away races, no doubt designed to get the teams to ask for back-to-backs, with the ultimate goal being to expand the calendar beyond 20 races. Singapore and Japan have been pushed together, which will save money, but by the same token, Brazil is now a standalone, as Austin has been paired with the new event in Mexico. Australia, China, Canada, Russia, Brazil and Abu Dhabi all remain stand-alone races. The extra race means an extra week, which means that the team people will be getting home from the last race on the last day of November. As usual, the calendar has been created by those who do not have to live it and so they take none of the human damage involved into account as it does not bother them. It would be logical, for example, to pair Australia and Malaysia, Bahrain and China, Russia and Abu Dhabi and perhaps it would be more logical to twin Canada with Mexico. This would cut costs considerably.
The calendar announced is as follows: Australia, March 15; Malaysia, March 29; Bahrain, April 5; China, April 19; Spain, May 10; Monaco, May 24; Canada, June 7; Austria, June 21; Britain, July 5, Germany, July 19; Hungary, July 26; Belgium, August 23; Italy, September 6; Singapore, September 20; Japan, September 27; Russia, October 11; Austin, October 25; Mexico, November 1; Brazil, November 15; Abu Dhabi, November 29.