FIA confirms 19-race calendar for 2015 F1 season

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The FIA has confirmed that the German Grand Prix will not be held in 2015 by releasing a 19-race calendar for the season.

The race had been due to take place on July 19 at the Nurburgring as part of the circuit’s deal to alternate hosting duties with Hockenheim.

However, both circuits were reluctant to step forward and host this year’s race, with officials at the Nurburgring confirming to MotorSportsTalk today that it could not continue negotiations with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who had hoped to save the race.

At a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Geneva on Friday, it was confirmed that the German Grand Prix would be removed from the calendar and would not be replaced.

The final calendar is otherwise unchanged, with a simple note stating: “The German Grand Prix has been withdrawn as the CRH [commercial rights holder] and promotor did not reach agreement.”

This means that there is now a seven-week spell over the summer with just one race – the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26 – between the British Grand Prix at the start of July and the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

2015 F1 Calendar – Final Version

15 March                    Grand Prix of Australia
29 March                    Grand Prix of Malaysia
12 April                       Grand Prix of China
19 April                       Grand Prix of Bahrain
10 May                       Grand Prix of Spain
24 May                       Grand Prix of Monaco
7 June                        Grand Prix of Canada
21 June                      Grand Prix of Austria
5 July                         Grand Prix of Great Britain
26 July                        Grand Prix of Hungary
23 August                    Grand Prix of Belgium
6 September                Grand Prix of Italy
20 September              Grand Prix of Singapore
27 September              Grand Prix of Japan
11 October                  Grand Prix of Russia (Sochi)
25 October                  Grand Prix of USA (Austin)
1 November                Grand Prix of Mexico
15 November              Grand Prix of Brazil
29 November              Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.