F1 season cut to 22 races after Russian GP not replaced on calendar

The F1 season, which had been set to host a record 23 meetings, will now revert to 22 races. The race was due to take place on 25 September as the first leg of a triple-header with Singapore and Japan. It is understood that Qatar, which hosted its first GP last year, and a second race in Singapore were in contention to replace the Russian GP but organisers have confirmed the schedule will be shortened. This was considered untenable from a logistical perspective, with two races in Asia and two in the Americas to follow. F1 has terminated its contract with the Sochi race promoter and made it clear it has no intention of racing in Russia in future.

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