Twelve days into the new year and Formula Virtual have finally confirmed the race calendar for the upcoming season. However, there is still one race that is yet to be decided upon. For the second year in a row, eighteen countries will each host a V-Prix in what is to be a tour spanning ten months. Albert Park will host the Australian V-Prix as the season opener, for the fifth year in succession. Sao Paulo will host the season ending Brazilian V-Prix.
There are only minor changes to the race schedule compared to previous seasons. Japan and China switch places for round three and round four, while France will start off the European season in round five. The British V-Prix will be held a little later on in the year as it takes up round ten.
The Austrian V-Prix will make a return in 2017 after last appearing in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, with the Red Bull Ring as it host. Round seven however is yet to be decided upon. Many are expecting that Portugal will fill the place, however reports suggest that there are negotiations also happening for a Dutch or Slovakian V-Prix. Assen hosted the Dutch V-Prix in 2016, but due to organization issues it was announced they would not continue in 2017. A Slovakian V-Prix has never happened before, although is a front runner to take the spot.
"It is an exiting time as it always is at the beginning of the season. We all get to see the new cars, but today I am excited to confirm this years race calendar. There are a few more negotiations to go before we can confirm round seven, but we all must be patient in such delicate matters", explained Nic Morley.
While not confirming it, it is expected confirmation of where round seven will be taking place will happen within the next month, and thus truly completing the 2017 race calendar.