The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has confirmed the Formula One (F1) 2017 calendar. Germany has been dropped from next year’s schedule with the Brazilian Grand Prix in doubt as well.
Following a meeting of the World Motorsport Council in Vienna, Austria, the FIA declared that 2017 will contain 20 races. Brazil is listed as provisional, according to BBC.
Bernie Ecclestone, F1 chief executive mentioned that the FIA is currently is talks with the Brazil president. They won’t be able to confirm Brazil’s future until January, next year.
The Canadian Grand Prix, which was previously in doubt, has been confirmed. The 2017 season will start in Australia on 36 March and will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 26 November.
Germany’s omission was because of it being unable to complete a deal for the Hockenheim race. The country has a biennial swap deal which made Nurburgring the host for the next event. However, the circuit has financial problems, making it unable to host a F1 race.
The race at Azerbaijan will move down a week to 25 June to accommodate Le Mans 24 Hours. The race in Baku has also lost the European GP title. It will now be known as the Azerbaijan GP, according to Sky Sports.
The Singapore GP and Malaysian GP have swapped dates from the provisional calendar. The race at Singapore will now be a standalone event in September. Malaysian GP and Japan GP will take place in October.
The Mexican GP will move a week forward to have back-to-back races with the US GP.
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The FIA also made an announcement regarding 11 corners at circuits around the world. Changes are required to be made at those corners given that there are controversy surrounding drivers taking advantage by going off the track.
Last month’s Mexican GP was marred with a major issue. There was a debate surrounding an incident which involved Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
The complete 2017 F1 calendar
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