The FIA World Motor Sport Council has been meeting today in Vienna and there will soon be an announcement of a new F1 calendar for 2017 which has a number of changes to the original version published earlier this year. The season will still start as planned on March 26 in Melbourne and the first seven races will be as previously announced, but the Azerbaijan race will move back a week to June 25. This means that Austria, Britain and Hungary will also each go back a week and will now be on July 9, July 16 and July 30. The German GP (scheduled for July 30) is no longer on the calendar. After the summer break, there is no change for Belgium and Italy, but Malaysia and Singapore are swapping places so that the race in Singapore will be on September 17 and Malaysia will be on October 1, with Japan a week later. This means that the F1 circus will have to fly backwards and forwards to Asia twice, or stay away from home for a month. There is another change at the end of the year with Mexico moving forward from November 5 to October 29, to be back-to-back with Austin. There is then a two-week break before Brazil, although this is still provisional, although it is believed a deal has been struck with the Brazilian government for the race to go ahead as usual. The season will end at Abu Dhabi on November 26.
The full schedule is expected to be: March 26, Australia; April 9, China; April 16, Bahrain; April 30, Russia; May 14, Spain; May 28 Monaco; June 11, Canada; June 25 Azerbaijan; July 9, Austria; July 16, Britain; July 30, Hungary; August 27, Belgium; September 3, Italy; September 17, Singapore; October 1, Malaysia; October 8, Japan; October 22, United States; October 29, Mexico; November 12, Brazil; November 26 Abu Dhabi.