An official visit to Monza by Pope Francis has forced the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue to switch dates.

Having initially been penned in for the 24th and 25th March 2017 the Pope's visit to Monza has shuffled the Prologue back a week to the 1st and 2nd April 2017 - two weeks before the WEC opener, the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Despite WEC's change of dates the official pre-season European Le Mans Series test will remain at Monza on the 28th and 29th March 2017.

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Amended 2017 WEC calendar:

1 / 2 April WEC Prologue, Monza
16 April 6 Hours of Silverstone
06 May 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
17/18 June Le Mans 24 Hours
16 July 6 Hours of N?rburgring
03 September 6 Hours of Mexico
16 September 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
15 October 6 Hours of Fuji
05 November 6 Hours of Shanghai
18 November 6 Hours of Bahrain