The final draft calendar for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season has been revealed today, confirming recent speculation that the German Grand Prix will not remain on the schedule despite Germany's Nico Rosberg securing his first World Championship success in Abu Dhabi at the weekend.
With Germany out and a calendar reduced to 20 Grand Prix next season, the FIA have been able to reorganise the new season to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has been moved back a week to the 25th June to avoid a clash with the round the clock classic, no doubt much to the relief of racing fans around the world.
The new season is set to start in Melbourne on the 26th March, with the final round retaining its slot at Abu Dhabi on November 26th. Of additional interest is the current provisional status of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone is still in talks with Brazil's President about the future of the event, with a conclusion to the negotiations not expected until at least January at the very earliest.
The full draft 2017 Formula One calendar can be seen below.
26 March Australia (Melbourne)
9 April China (Shanghai)
16 April Bahrain (Sakhir)
30 April Russia (Sochi)
14 May Spain (Barcelona)
28 May Monaco
11 June Canada (Montreal)
25 June Azerbaijan (Baku)
9 July Austria (Spielberg)
16 July Britain (Silverstone)
30 July Hungary (Budapest)
27 August Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
3 September Italy (Monza)
17 September Singapore (Marina Bay)
1 October Malaysia (Sepang)
8 October Japan (Suzuka)
22 October USA (Austin)
29 October Mexico (Mexico City)
12 November Brazil (Sao Paulo)*
26 November Abu Dhabi
* = to be confirmed
Another action packed season is ahead of the teams and drivers in 2017, albeit with one fewer race than this year after the confirmation of next seasons calendar today. Do you think the loss of Germany is bad news for Formula One? Do you agree with the current schedule? Which race would you like to see on the calendar that isn't currently? What race (if any) do you think should be dropped? Let us know in the comments section below!