German GP dropped for 20-race 2017 F1 calendar

By Nakshatra Pain, 1 December 2016
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Formula One’s governing body confirmed a slightly shortened calendar for the 2017 season, following the meeting held in Vienna by the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, with the German Grand Prix getting the axe following its troublesome financial issues.

Despite German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg winning the championship this season, in a German car, and with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel continuing his trade at Ferrari, the country with the long-standing Nurbrgring and Hockenheim circuits has been unable to sustain audiences.

Interest in Germany has been waning ever since Michael Schumacher left the sport, with rising ticket prices and a switch to pay television tightening up opportunities.

Still, despite the axe, the season is set to be the second longest in F1, matching the 20 races from 2012. The 2016 season was the longest in history with 21 races.

Next season will start with the Australian GP on March 26 and end in Abu Dhabi on November 26, with five back-to-back races in between.

Changes include the renaming of the European GP as the Azerbaijan GP, with the race now avoiding a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours. There was a question mark over the presence of the Canadian and Brazilian GPs, which were tentative, but have been given the go ahead by the FIA.

March 26 Australia
April 9 China
April 16 Bahrain
April 30 Russia
May 14 Spain
May 28 Monaco
June 11 Canada
June 25 Azerbaijan
July 9 Austria
July 16 Great Britain
July 30 Hungary
August 30 Belgium
September 3 Italy
September 17 Singapore
October 1 Malaysia
October 8 Japan
October 22 USA
October 29 Mexico
November 12 Brazil
November 26 Abu Dhabi

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