"For 2016, all cars must have a separate exhaust wastegate tailpipe through which all and only wastegate exhaust gases must pass," reads the statement from the FIA's World Motor Sport Council that met this week in Paris. "This measure has been undertaken to increase the noise of the cars and will not have any significant effect on power or emissions." Whether the intended effect will be realized by the proposed measure remains to be seen, but we'll keep our ears tuned at the start of the next season – scheduled for March 20 in Melbourne, Australia. Under the newly revised calendar, the Australian Grand Prix has been moved up by two weeks to start sooner than originally proposed.
That's not the only change approved to next year's calendar. The traditional three-week summer break has been reinstated for August. And the date of the new European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan – that's right, Azerbaijan – has changed to take place on June 19. It's the same weekend as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While the grand prix's start time has been adjusted so that fans can watch both races, drivers hoping to compete in both will no longer be able to. That means this year's race winner Nico Hulkenberg will have to choose if he wants to continue racing in F1 or defend his title at Le Mans. The races in China and Bahrain have also swapped places, while the Hungarian Grand Prix has been moved forward to July.
Provisional calendar for the 2016 Formula One World Championship