The FIA has announced a 21-race calendar for 2015, which includes a Korean Grand Prix which is yet to be confirmed. Given that the teams have only agreed to 20 races, this is probably unlikely to happen. The calendar (inevitably) adds extra cost by going to China, returning to Bahrain and then back out to Korea again before a scramble to get back to Spain in a week. The whole project has probably been included on the calendar as some form for incentive for the Korean government and is not likely to happen, as there is no point in holding a race at the former venue and work is being done to try to create a street race in Seoul.
The teams were not keen on a back-to-back Singapore-Japan in the autumn but that has been retained.
The list of races is as follows:
March 15, Australia; March 29, Malaysia; April 12, China; April 19, Bahrain; May 3, Korea; 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, USA; November 1, Mexico; November 15, Brazil and November 29, Abu Dhabi.
The other decisions of the World Council are as expected with the end of double points, no standing restarts, and the introduction of a “virtual safety car”. The rules of penalties for power units have been altered to make them less severe.
The FIA President confirmed that the next meeting of the Strategy Group would take place on 18 December, and said it would focus on reducing costs, improving the show, making cars quicker and more difficult to drive, and reviewing the technical and sporting regulations, with the aim of simplifying the rules where possible.
There are new rules for Superlicences with a two-year minimum experience period required in minor formulae and a 300km test plus a points system for results achieved in the junior formulae. Racers are also required to have a road licence, which means that there is, in effect, an age limit as well.