"I think you know that the manufacturers and the teams want to start testing a little bit earlier," McLaren team boss and FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh told reporters in Montreal, “The idea of having a test in mid-January, probably in Jerez, logistically is straightforward. Then having a gap by which you can respond to the issues and then testing in some warm weather in the Middle East seems to be attractive to the teams.
"And, if you're there, starting the season there seems a pretty sensible approach. So I think most people have agreed it and I suspect it's going to be confirmed.
"I don't know whether there really will be 21 [races] though. I've heard the stories of a variety of new venues, [but] whether all the other dates on the calendar survive I don't know. It's a lot of races that's for sure, [and] it gets quite tough for the teams."