Imola and Nurburgring dropped for 2007

The FIA released the provisional 2007 calendar on August 29th and the San Marino and European Grands Prix at Imola and the Nurburgring respectively have been dropped. The German Grand Prix is scheduled for July 22nd but it's not specified if the...

The FIA released the provisional 2007 calendar on August 29th and the San Marino and European Grands Prix at Imola and the Nurburgring respectively have been dropped. The German Grand Prix is scheduled for July 22nd but it's not specified if the race will be hosted by Hockenheim or by the Nurburgring -- there has been discussion that the event could be shared between the two circuits.

Of the 17 provisional races Australia returns to being the season opener after its delay this year due to the Commonwealth Games. Albert Park will kick off 2007 on March 18th. Malaysia and Bahrain follow and Spain will be the first European race on May 13th.

Imola is undergoing alterations and could be back on the schedule -- there is a four week gap between Bahrain and Spain. The North American rounds are in June, Canada on the 10th and Indy on the 17th, while Silverstone reverts to its usual early July slot after changing this year due to the football World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps makes a welcome return. The popular track was off this season's calendar due to renovation but is scheduled for September 16th next year. Like this season China, Japan and Brazil round off the schedule for 2007 with Interlagos being the season finale on October 21st.

The Turkish GP, which provided a thriller of a race last Sunday, is apparently in jeopardy for next year due to a political row over the trophy presentations at Istanbul just a couple of days ago.

"The FIA has launched a full investigation into the circumstances in which Mr Mehmet Ali Talat was invited to present the winner's trophy at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix," it said in a statement.

"Political neutrality is fundamental to the FIA's role as the governing body of international motor sport. No compromise or violation of this neutrality is acceptable."

Talat, who presented the trophy to Ferrari's Felipe Massa for his maiden win, was introduced on television as the "President of the Northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus". Cyprus has been divided since the mid seventies and the south is the internationally recognised government, while only Turkey recognises the north.

A Cypriot government spokesman was quoted as saying Talat was neither a citizen nor an official of Turkey and that the FIA had been "exploited for political purposes".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari