The FIA have confirmed that the San Marino and European Grands Prix will be dropped from the Formula One calendar next year.
The sport's governing body published the list of dates for next year's schedule on Tuesday following a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council.
The 17-race calendar is widely as had been expected, starting in Australia on March 18 and finishing in Brazil on October 21.
The return of the Belgian Grand Prix on September 16 had been expected to force one race off the calendar, but it appears that both the San Marino and European events have gone.
Imola had needed to upgrade its facilities to have a chance of hosting the fourth race, while the European venue has been dropped after Nurburgring and Hockenheim organisers decided that it would be best to alternate one race in Germany.
The FIA has however left a one-month gap between the third and the fourth race, allowing for a possible reinstatement of the San Marino Grand Prix.
There will be five back-to-backs on the schedule. Malaysia and Bahrain in April, Canada and the United States in June, France and Britain in July, Italy and Belgium in September and China and Japan in September/October.
Australia 18 March Malaysia 08 April Bahrain 15 April Spain 13 May Monaco 27 May Canada 10 June United States 17 June France 01 July United Kingdom 08 July Germany 22 July Hungary 05 August Turkey 26 August Italy 09 September Belgium 16 September China 30 September Japan 07 October Brazil 21 October