The Malaysian Grand Prix could be in line to host the final race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season in an effort to differentiate it from the Singapore Grand Prix on the schedule.

The Sepang event, which recently had its contract renewed until the end of the 2018 season, has been positioned as one of the earlier rounds in recent years, but was shifted to a September slot for 2016 on the provisional calendar as part of back-to-back events with nearby Singapore.

However, concerns from organisers of both races have been raised that having two events so close in both geography and time could prove detrimental to both, with one potentially now forced to move.

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With the 2016 F1 schedule set to see a record 21 races scheduled in a shorter timeframe, space to move the Malaysian Grand Prix into is limited. However, Sepang circuit owners have told that discussions taking place that could see it take over from Abu Dhabi as the season-ender next year, which would in turn hand it a December date.

It isn't the only option being discussed, however, with other considerations including a possible move to October after the Japanese Grand Prix, though this would potentially still put it in range with Singapore, or moved somewhere as part of a general shuffle of later season dates.