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Todt apologises for 2016 F1/Le Mans schedule conflict

Todt apologises for 2016 F1/Le Mans schedule conflict

FIA President Jean Todt has apologised for 2016 conflicting F1 timetable that has the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix taking place on the same weekend as the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix had originally been set for July 15-17 but the FIA freshly published a revised 2016 F1 calendar that brought the Baku forward to the June 17-19 weekend, namely when the French endurance classic is planned.

The only tiny advantages, Todt has been able to provide is the conclusion to each race will be at different times, with a three-hour time difference between Le Mans and Azerbaijan playing a part.

“Organising the calendar is a very tricky job because you have 21 races in Formula 1, 10 races in Formula E, 10 races in World Endurance and 14 [world championship] rallies,” said Todt.

“To make one calendar without any conflict is not possible.

“But for Le Mans, I’m quite confident. The start [of the grand prix] will be at midday and Le Mans will finish at 3pm.

“Maybe for one or two drivers it does not allow them to do it. I’m sorry to say we cannot do better.”

Changes could happen in F1 calendar; following the final World Motor Sport Council meeting of the year in early December.

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