F1: Korean GP formally dropped; 2015 schedule now at 20 races

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The 2015 Formula One World Championship is now set at 20 races after the FIA’s confirmation that it has officially dropped the Korean Grand Prix from the calendar.

Early last month, the race was a surprise addition to the provisional 2015 calendar. It was slotted in for the weekend of May 3, one week before the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

But just before Christmas, the FIA updated its International Sporting Calendar with the Korean GP omitted. However, there was some confusion as the calendar still listed “21 competitions” for F1, even with that particular race dropped.

Now, the matter has finally been settled following yet another revision to the calendar that was posted Tuesday on the FIA’s web site. You can see the new calendar here.

With the Korean GP gone from the May 3 weekend, there is now a three-week gap between the Bahrain Grand Prix (Apr. 19) and the aforementioned Spanish GP.

The Korean GP ran for four seasons (2010-2013) at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, but financial problems and poor attendance ultimately led to its demise.

Last September, a group of promoters reportedly met with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about reviving the event in 2016 – but as a night-time street race in Seoul.