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San Marino GP out of 2007 calendar

The San Marino Grand Prix will not be included on the 2007 calendar, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council confirmed on Wednesday.

The Imola event had not been included on the provisional calendar released earlier this year, but a gap of nearly a month between the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix suggested the race could be reinstated.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone demanded that changes be made to the Imola circuit in order to have a chance of returning to the calendar.

Although the revamp works have started, the attempts to reinstate Imola, however, have failed and the Italian circuit will not feature on next year's championship.

The WMSC said "no agreement was in place for an 18th race and there will continue to be 17 races in the 2007 calendar."

The rest of the calendar remained unchanged, except for Japan and China swapping dates.

2007 FIA Formula One World Championship:

18 March      Australia
8 April       Malaysia
15 April      Bahrain
13 May        Spain
27 May        Monaco
10 June       Canada
17 June       United States
1 July        France
8 July        Great Britain
22 July       Germany**
5 August      Hungary
26 August     Turkey
9 September   Italy
16 September  Belgium
30 September  Japan*
7 October     China*
21 October    Brazil

* Pending the ASN's confirmation.

** The 2007 German Grand Prix will take place at Nürburgring. In 2008, it will switch to Hockenheim. It will continue to alternate between these two circuits thereafter.

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