Baku-APA. The FIA has confirmed the official 20-race 2017 Formula 1 calendar, which avoids this year’s Baku/24 Hours of Le Mans clash.
F1’s first race weekend in Azerbaijan took place at the same time as the 24-hour endurance event and the initial 2017 calendar draft overlapped the two once again. Besides, European Baku Prix was renamed to Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
But a number of schedule changes mean that now won’t be the case next year.
The 2017 F1 calendar will fall to 20 races after the removal of the German Grand Prix, with the Azerbaijan round being moved to one week later.
Races in Austria and Britain have been pushed back by a week, meaning Silverstone’s F1 visit clashes with the Formula E in New York.
Singapore has switched back with Malaysia to become a stand-alone race, rather than a back-to-back with Japan.
The Hungarian GP has been moved one week further forward, while Mexico has been pushed back by seven days to reclaim its spot as back-to-back with the USA (rather than Brazil).
Meanwhile the previously “subject to confirmation” tag for Canada and Brazil has been dropped.
F1 will kick off in 2017 with the Australian GP on the 26 March, concluding on the 26 November in Abu Dhabi.
2017 F1 schedule:
Australian Grand Prix – March 26
Chinese Grand Prix – April 9
Bahrain Grand Prix – April 16
Russian Grand Prix – April 30
Spanish Grand Prix – May 14
Monaco Grand Prix – May 28
Canadian Grand Prix – June 11
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – June 25
Austrian Grand Prix – July 9
British Grand Prix – July 16
Hungarian Grand Prix – July 30
Belgian Grand Prix – August 27
Italian Grand Prix – September 3
Singapore Grand Prix – September 17
Malaysian Grand Prix – October 1
Japanese Grand Prix – October 8
United States Grand Prix – October 22
Mexican Grand Prix – October 29
Brazilian Grand Prix – November 12
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – November 26