Revised F1 calendar avoids Le Mans clash

Revised F1 calendar avoids Le Mans clash
By AutoSport

30/11/2016 at 13:45

Formula 1 will avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2017, with the FIA set to announce a revised 20-race calendar, Autosport has learned.

The German Grand Prix, meanwhile, has dropped off the schedule again after talks between Hockenheim promoters and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone broke down.

The calendar could yet slim down to 19 grands prix, with Brazil listed but noted as TBC.

It is believed Ecclestone has been granted a request for the Brazilian date to be left open so he can have more time to get a deal over the line.

From the provisional schedule announced in September, Baku's street race has moved back one week to June 25, avoiding a repeat of 2016's clash with the sportscar racing's blue ribband event at Le Mans.

It also eliminates the logistical nightmare and big timezone shift the teams encountered when it followed the Canadian GP in back-to-back events this year.

The British GP moves to one week later in July, leading to a clash with Formula E's New York race and the Wimbledon tennis singles finals.

Singapore was initially pencilled in to run back-to-back with Japan, but it has now swapped back with Malaysia to run as a standalone race in mid-September.

The plan to pair Mexico and Brazil has also been abandoned, with Austin being twinned with the former and Brazil a standalone, as was the case this season.

There are five back-to-back races, compared to seven on the previous draft.

As previously announced, the season will start in Australia on March 26 and conclude in Abu Dhabi on November 26.

The four-week summer break remains in tact, running between the Hungarian GP on July 30 and Spa on August 27.

The calendar was confirmed during Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Vienna.

2017 FORMULA 1 CALENDAR

March 26 Australia, Melbourne

April 9 China, Shanghai

April 16 Bahrain, Sakhir

April 30 Russia, Sochi

May 14 Spain, Barcelona

May 28 Monaco, Monte Carlo

June 11 Canada, Montreal

June 25 Azerbaijan, Baku

July 9 Austria, Red Bull ring

July 16 UK, Silverstone

July 30 Hungary, Hungaroring

August 27 Belgium, Spa

September 3 Italy, Monza

September 17 Singapore, Marina Bay

October 1 Malaysia, Sepang

October 8 Japan, Suzuka

October 22 USA, Austin

October 29 Mexico, Mexico City

November 12 Brazil, Interlagos *

November 26 Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina

* TBC

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