2015 Formula 1 calendar confirmed by the FIA

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The FIA has confirmed the official calendar for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season, featuring 20 races following the addition of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Over the Italian Grand Prix weekend, a draft schedule that was discussed at the teams’ meeting with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was released, and this has now been ratified by the sport’s governing body.

The only minor changes to the draft calendar as reported on MotorSportsTalk are as follows:

  • The Japanese Grand Prix will now go back-to-back with the Singapore Grand Prix, being held one week earlier than normal at the end of September. This makes the Russian Grand Prix a standalone event.
  • The United States Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix have swapped dates. The race at the Circuit of The Americas will now be held on October 25th, with the first race in Mexico since 1992 taking place on November 1st.

Here is the calendar for the 2015 Formula season, as per the statement from the World Motor Sport Council.

Australian Grand Prix – March 15
Malaysian Grand Prix – March 29
Bahrain Grand Prix – April 5
Chinese Grand Prix – April 19
Spanish Grand Prix – May 10
Monaco Grand Prix – May 24
Canadian Grand Prix – June 7
Austrian Grand Prix – June 21
British Grand Prix – July 5
German Grand Prix – July 19
Hungarian Grand Prix – July 26
Belgian Grand Prix – August 23
Italian Grand Prix – September 6
Singapore Grand Prix – September 20
Japanese Grand Prix – September 27
Russian Grand Prix – October 11
United States Grand Prix – October 25
Mexican Grand Prix – November 1
Brazilian Grand Prix – November 15
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – November 29

At 20 races, this schedule equals the record for the most number of races in a Formula 1 season, matching 2012’s total.

However, there are two notable exceptions. Firstly, the Indian Grand Prix was supposed to return to the calendar for 2015 after one year away, with organizers stating that the reason for there being no race in 2014 was so an early slot in the season could be secured.

Secondly, the Grand Prix of America has once again not featured on the calendar. For many years now, a race in New Jersey has been planned, only for it to be postponed every time. In the past, it has featured on the provisional schedule released by the FIA before being cut, but this time it hasn’t even made it that far.

GP America declined to comment on the release of the calendar when approached by MotorSportsTalk.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.