Formula One: Singapore GP to be held on Sept 15 to17, Germany axed from 2017 F1 calendar

Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Sept 20, 2015.
Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the field during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on Sept 20, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

LONDON (REUTERS) - The 10th edition of the Singapore Grand GP will be held next year from Sept 15 to 17 but Germany will have no Formula One Grand Prix in 2017, despite the dominance of Mercedes and the country's new world champion Nico Rosberg, after the race was axed for financial reasons on Wednesday (Nov 30).

While that move will dismay German fans, there was a more welcome change in the renamed Azerbaijan Grand Prix being pushed back to June 25 to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar classic.

Races in Brazil and Canada, whose fate had also been left open on the draft calendar, were confirmed on the 20-round official version published by the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA).

There were a record 21 races this year. Germany's absence had been expected with the Nuerburgring unwilling to pay hosting fees and Hockenheim, which drew a mere 57,000-strong crowd this year, reluctant to lose money in successive seasons.

Hockenheim, one of the best attended venues in seven times champion Michael Schumacher's time, does have a contract for 2018 when the race is expected to return.

Azerbaijan's street race in Baku made its debut this year as the European Grand Prix but organisers had wanted to avoid a repeat of the clash with Le Mans and to remove the logistical challenge of a back-to-back race with Canada.

The races in Austria and Britain are moved back a week to help fill the gap left by Germany, with those grands prix now taking place on July 9 and 16 respectively.

Hungary switches to the July 30 slot that was earmarked for Germany. Mexico's race is again paired with the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, at the end of October rather than with Brazil which stands on its own as the penultimate round in November.

Malaysia is paired with Japan rather than neighbours Singapore, which remains in its usual slot in September after Italy.

The draft calendar had envisaged Malaysia preceding Singapore.