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Formula One axe German Grand Prix for 2017 season

Thursday 1 Dec 2016 7:54 a.m.

Hockenheim race track (Getty Images)

Hockenheim race track (Getty Images)

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The German Grand Prix was formally dropped from the 2017 Formula One calendar with the renamed Azerbaijan Grand Prix given a new date to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race.

The absence of Germany was expected, with Hockenheim reluctant to host the race in successive years for financial reasons despite it being a home event for dominant Mercedes and new champion Nico Rosberg.

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

Mexico's race is again paired with the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, in October rather than with Brazil.

Reuters

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