The schedule for this year's World Endurance Championship adds a ninth round to the growingly popular sportscar series and the long gap following the 24 Hours of Le Mans has finally been reduced to just five weeks.
Mexico City has stepped in the Latin American race slot left vacant by Brazil since the building work to revamp the facilities started at the Interlagos track. If the return of F1 to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in 2015 is anything to go by, let's hope the Mexican organisers can emulate the huge popularity of the 6 Hours of São Paulo.
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The 6 Hours of the Nürburgring have been a great success in 2015 with tens of thousands of spectators filling the grandstands last August and the event that was initially chosen to replace the Brazilian round has been retained.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council announced a number of decisions on Wednesday 2nd December and approved the definitive calendar iteration for next year's Formula One World Championship.
Pending the confirmation of the US event, whose funding by the Texas state government has been cut from $25 million USD to $19.5 million per year, there will be a record 21 events.
The most notable changes from the 2015 schedule are the addition of the Baku Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, the Russian round moving to an earlier slot in May instead of October as well as Malaysia moving in the other direction so as to follow the Singapore GP held two weeks earlier.