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The final calendar is otherwise unchanged, with a simple note stating: “The German Grand Prix has been withdrawn as the CRH [commercial rights holder] and promotor did not reach agreement.”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

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.