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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Formula One (F1) racing’s governing body, International Automobile Federation (FIA) has formally ratified a 20-race calendar for the 2017 season, following a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

The 2017 season will begin March 26 in Australia and conclude on Nov 26 in Abu Dhabi, and will include five back-to-back race weekends.

According to the Formula One official website, www.formula1.com, the main changes from the provisional calendar issued in September are Malaysia and Singapore switching places, the absence of the race in Germany, and Baku moving a week earlier, avoiding a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Malaysia will stage Round 15 of the World Championship from Sept 29 to Oct 1 at the Sepang International Circuit.

                The 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:

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                March 26 - Australia (Melbourne)

                Apr 9 - China (Shanghai)

                Apr 16 - Bahrain (Bahrain)

                Apr 30 - Russia (Sochi)

                May 14 - Spain (Barcelona)

                May 28 - Monaco (Monte Carlo)

                June 11 - Canada (Montreal)

                June 25 - Azerbaijan (Baku)

                July 9 - Austria (Spielberg)

                July 16 - Great Britain (Silverstone)

                July 30 - Hungary (Budapest)

                Aug 27 - Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

                Sept 3 - Italy (Monza)

                Sept 17 - Singapore (Singapore)

                Oct 1 - Malaysia (Sepang)

                Oct 8 - Japan (Suzuka)

                Oct 22 - USA (Austin)

                Oct 29 - Mexico (Mexico City)

                Nov 12 - Brazil (Sao Paulo)

                Nov 26 - Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)

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