It appears that the rumored shuffle in the Formula One calendar next season may actually happen. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says that there will be no Korean Grand Prix again next year, but it will be replaced by a race in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani race was previously rumored in Baku, the country's capital, and Ecclestone confirmed it to Britain's The Independent: "Baku has been signed. It will start in 2015 and will replace Korea," he said. Previous reports indicated that the F1 boss and local officials had already signed the necessary paperwork to make the event happen.

Baku does have a recent racing pedigree. The city hosted a round of the FIA GT Series in 2013 around its streets. The F1 grand prix would likely use a similar layout and would be called the Grand Prix of Europe or the European Grand Prix. According to The Independent, former Renault F1 team boss Flavio Briatore brokered the deal between Azerbaijan and Ecclestone.

However, you might not want to make travel plans for Baku in 2015, yet. Ecclestone faces a trial for alleged bribery in Germany. Also, the grand prix in New Jersey once seemed like a certainty, but neither it nor the F1 race in Mexico ever made it to the 2014 calendar. It might be best to wait until next season's calendar is final.


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      sloturbo
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think calling it Grand Prix of Europe is stretching it a bit. But if they pay what Bernie asks for, I guess they can call themselves anything.
      XT6Wagon
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well if you wanted proof that events are handed out in order of how many bales of cash get "mis-shipped" to ecclestone's house.
      johnnythemoney
      • 7 Months Ago
      Azerbaijan isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Europe.
      cotodecompton
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't know what you guys are complaining about. Korea has arguably the worst tracks in the entire calender. Not only does it look like a piece of crap that was drawn by a toddler in a sandbox but it drives that way too. Anyone remember when the turf came unglued??? What a joke, get that horrible track off the calender and replace it with ANYWHERE that has a decent track whether it be sudan, somalia or mongolia I could care less as long as the racing is good.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 7 Months Ago
      Whats next? Grand Prix of Brunei? South Sudan? Mongolia?
        Larry Litmanen
        • 7 Months Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Azerbaijan is a wealthy oil rich country, they just had Eurovision contest in there. Just because you never heard of a country that does not mean it is nothing.
          johnnythemoney
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Larry, spending big money holding events in a country to promote its PR doesn't make it much more than what it is. It's not "nothing", but it isn't the center of the world either, it's not China, and it's not Dubai either, and people have been talking about only for the past couple of years thanks to, yes, oil money once again. Not so differently than Dubai of course and the likes, they just came in a bit earlier and indeed Azerbaijan sometimes looks just like a clone.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          I'm well aware of what and where Azerbaijan is, Mr. Douche. Last time I checked it wasn't in Europe though.