The Formula 1 World Championship calendar has been floating around for a while now, but no-one is quite sure of the dates because of a reshuffle in early December which moved the German GP has been moved to July 7 and open up July 21 as the possible date for another “European” event. This meant that there would be a one-week gap between the British GP on June 30 and the race in Germany, with the July 14 weekend becoming vacant. As a result of this the Goodwood Festival of Speed announced that it was moving its date to be on a non-GP weekend. Now it seems all attempts to find a race to fill the vacant date have failed because no-one wants to pay the fees being demanded. There had been talk of Turkey and France, and the suggestion that Austria might even be a late bidder, but no-one has come up with the goods and so it looks like the calendar will consist of 19 races. This is good news for those who travel to all the events as last year’s 20-race calendar was clearly a strain for many of them.
The German GP was always going to be held at the Nurburgring, but there have been some questions in recent months about whether or not the circuit could afford the event. It seems that a deal has been struck that will allow the race to go ahead as planned.