German Grand Prix off 2017 F1 calendar of 20 races
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 01, 2016 10:25 AM
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates with his wife Vivian Sibold holding a German flag in the team garage after winning the F1 2016 Championship in the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)PARIS (AP) — 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 Wednesday 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 defense 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 Nov. 26, after a swing through the Americas in Austin, Texas, and Mexico City in October, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 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, United Arab Emirates.