Ger­man Grand Prix off 2017 F1 cal­en­dar of 20 races

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The 2017 For­mula One cham­pi­onship will be run over 20 races, with­out the Ger­man Grand Prix, de­priv­ing new cham­pion Nico Ros­berg of his home race.

Mo­tor­sport’s govern­ing body, the FIA, ap­proved the cal­en­dar at a meet­ing yes­ter­day in Vi­enna. The drop­ping of the Ger­man race for fi­nan­cial rea­sons was ex­pected: Ger­man me­dia had re­ported that teams were told of the de­ci­sion in ad­vance so it does not dis­rupt their travel plan­ning for next sea­son.

The Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix, on July 30, will now be the last race be­fore F1’s sum­mer break. The sea­son will then re­sume with the Bel­gian Grand Prix on Aug. 27.

Ros­berg will be­gin the de­fence of his driver’s world ti­tle at the open­ing race in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, on March 26.

The last race will again be the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, on Novem­ber 26, af­ter a swing through the Amer­i­cas in Austin, Texas, and Mex­ico City in Oc­to­ber, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Novem­ber 12.

The 2016 sea­son was run over 21 races, with the Ger­man Grand Prix won by Ros­berg’s Mercedes team­mate Lewis Hamil­ton at the end of July. Here is the com­plete cal­en­dar: March 26, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. April 9, Shang­hai, China. April 16, Bahrain. April 30, Sochi, Rus­sia. May 14, Barcelona, Spain. May 28, Monte Carlo. June 11, Mon­treal, Canada. June 25, Baku, Azer­bai­jan. July 9, Spiel­berg, Aus­tria. July 16, Sil­ver­stone, Eng­land. July 30, Bu­dapest, Hun­gary. Aug. 27, Spa-Fran­cor­champs, Bel­gium. Sept. 3, Monza, Italy. Sept. 17, Sin­ga­pore. Oct. 1, Sepang, Malaysia. Oct. 8, Suzuka, Ja­pan. Oct. 22, Austin, United States. Oct. 29, Mex­ico City, Mex­ico. Nov. 12, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nov. 26, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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