FIA con­firms 2017 F1 cal­en­dar and avoids Le Mans

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - CAL­EN­DAR 2017 For­mula 1World Cham­pi­onship

For­mula 1 will avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, but will also lose the Ger­man GP in a re­vised 20-round cal­en­dar.

The FIA courted much crit­i­cism this year when it sched­uled the in­au­gu­ral Euro­pean Grand Prix in Azer­bai­jan on the same week­end as the world’s big­gest en­durance race.

The clash was set to re­main on the first it­er­a­tion of the cal­en­dar, but the Baku street race has since moved back one week to June 25 to avoid it.

The Bri­tish GP has moved one week later in July than nor­mal, and now does clash with the Wim­ble­don ten­nis fi­nals.

The Ger­man GP, which was staged ex­clu­sively at Hock­en­heim in re­cent sea­sons af­ter fi­nan­cial woe for the Nur­bur­gring, has dropped off the cal­en­dar en­tirely.

The race was also omit­ted in 2015, but re­turned this year.

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