BERLIN (dpa) – The upcoming Formula One season will see 20 instead of a record 21 grands prix as the South Korean race has been scrapped from the official calendar by the ruling body FIA.
A FIA spokesman confirmed to autosport.com on Wednesday that South Korea, originally entered provisionally for May 3 by request of commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, had been dropped.
“The commercial rights holder proposed, as is his right, for the Korean Grand Prix to take place as there was a possibility for it to be included in 2015,” the spokesman said..
“The FIA accepted this, subject to confirmation. However, the possibility of the race happening disappeared and it has now been removed from the official calendar.”
South Korea hosted Formula One races between 2010 and 2013 in Yeongam.
Dropping the South Korean race leads to a three-week break between the April 19 race in Bahrain and the Spanish Grand Prix on May 10. The season starts March 15 in Australia and ends November 29 in Abu Dhabi.