2017 calendar released; No German GP

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I’ll be honest, it’s a damn shame that we have a 2017 calendar out that seems to betray the fact:

Three German drivers, 12 F1 world titles between them!

Michael Schumacher = ’94, ’95, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04
Sebastian Vettel = ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13
Nico Rosberg = ’16

And yet, the new calendar has no German Grand Prix on it. That makes me sad. Sad enough to drink a thick German ale that gives you Hobbit feet. The reality is that the price tag for the Nurburgring and Hockenheim is too high and when the former bowed out of the alternating race host scheme, the latter couldn’t stomach the yearly expense.

Germans may love David Hasselhoff but apparently they don’t love Formula 1 like they used to. 

2017 Formula 1 Calendar

March 26 – Australia (Melbourne)
April 9 – China (Shanghai)
April 16 – Bahrain (Bahrain)
April 30 – Russia (Sochi)
May 14 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 28 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 11 – Canada (Montreal)
June 25 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
July 9 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 16 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 30 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 27 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 3 – Italy (Monza)
September 17 – Singapore (Singapore)
October 1 – Malaysia (Sepang)
October 8 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 22 – USA (Austin)
October 29 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 12 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
November 26 – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)

At least the new calendar doesn’t collide with the 24 Hours of Le Mans…which reminds me, we have no French Grand Prix either and that’s a damn shame as well!

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Haggis

Wonder if the French gp will ever make a comeback?

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Mike

This is sad…i have high hopes that Liberty can restructure things to make economic sense for our historic European venues once again. I so want a French GP again too…a Renault in French Matra blue would be just fine!

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So… that makes 7 rounds in Europe (not counting the Baku race, which was European only in name this year, and now will be the GP of Azerbaijan). I have seen mumblings of a clause somewhere within the agreements between FOM and FIA that stipulates a minimum number (or percentage) of races to be held in Europe. I wonder how this calendar stacks up in that respect…

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The issue is cost: neither track can afford to pay the expenses of a Formula-1 race and home market manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will not step in for the assist to make the race happen. It seems no one in Germany is missing the sport.