Future of Singapore Grand Prix still in doubt

The future of the Singapore Grand Prix remains in doubt after the 2018 race was listed as provisional on the release of the official race calendar.

The FIA published a 21-race schedule on Monday that omits Malaysia, but adds races in Germany and a French Grand Prix at Le Castellet in Provence.

The Singapore and China Grand Prixs are marked “subject to confirmation by rights holder”.

Singapore and China are yet to complete deals with the F1 Group.

The Singapore race, held on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, is in the final year of its current five-year deal.

Negotiations for a renewal began under former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and are continuing under new owner Liberty Media.

Next year’s season starts on March 25 in Australia and ends in Abu Dhabi November 25.

The German Grand Prix returns at Hockenheim for the final year of its current biennial deal, after it was dropped from the schedule this year because of financial problems.

Several changes have been made to the calendar in order to make room for the French race in early summer.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend, will be held on April 29 next year, while the Russian race will take place on September 30 in 2018.