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2017 F1 calendar released, Le Mans clash avoided

The German Grand Prix is axed from the F1 schedule and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix is moved to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The final draft for the 2017 Formula 1 calendar has been revealed with the German Grand Prix axed from the schedule and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix date changed to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

As expected, Germany has been canned for the second time in three years after organisers failed to reach a new agreement with Bernie Ecclestone amid dwindling TV audiences and disappointing ticket sales, despite the success of new champion Nico Rosberg and the Mercedes team.

With the calendar reduced from this year's record 21 races to 20, Germany's exit has allowed the FIA to shuffle the dates slightly with the Austrian, British and Hungarian races all shifted a week later to compensate.

It has also allowed the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – renamed from its previous Grand Prix of Europe moniker – to be moved back a week to the 25th June.

This means the street race will no longer clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours as it did this year and also puts a week between its event and the Canadian Grand Prix after teams complained about the logistical difficulties of getting from Montreal to Baku in just a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Grand Prix has now been secured after a new deal with agreed, but the Brazilian Grand Prix remains provisional.

Additionally, the Singapore and Malaysian races have been swapped back to the order they were in in 2015, once more with a week between them.

The 2017 F1 season will begin on 26th March in Australia and end on 26th November in Abu Dhabi

2017 F1 calendar

26 March Melbourne Australia
9 April Shanghai China
16 April Bahrain Bahrain
30 April Sochi Russia
14 May Barcelona Spain
28 May Monte Carlo Monaco
11 June Montreal Canada
25 June Baku Azerbaijan
9 July Spielberg Austria
16 July Silverstone United Kingdom
30 July Budapest Hungary
27 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
3 September Monza Italy
17 September Singapore Singapore
1 October Sepang Malaysia
8 October Suzuka Japan
22 October Austin USA
29 October Mexico City Mexico
12 November Sao Paulo Brazil*
26 November Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

*Subject to confirmation

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mrfill

December 01, 2016 2:49 AM

I can quite see why Germany was left out. It's not like there's ever been a German World Champion driver or team and it's not like Bernie has ever had any £60m trouble with German authorities. And the 'Le Mans clash avoided' can have nothing to do with a certain leading team withdrawing, removing 9 possible seats.



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