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WEC Reveals Shift to Winter Schedule; Sebring for 2019

WEC reveals shift to winter calendar, Sebring return in 2019…

Photo: John Dagys

The FIA World Endurance Championship will shift to a winter schedule, beginning next year and spanning through the 2019 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including a surprise return to Sebring.

Series boss Gerard Neveu and ACO President Pierre Fillon unveiled the the new schedule, as well as a roadmap for the future, including a tweak to the LMP1 regulations, during a media briefing Friday afternoon in Mexico City.

The reduced eight-round calendar, dubbed by Neveu as a ‘Super Season’, kicking off at Spa-Francorchamps in May, features two editions of Le Mans, as well as visits to Fuji Speedway and Shanghai.

As reported by Sportscar365 earlier this week, events at Silverstone, Mexico City and Circuit of The Americas have been eliminated, with Bahrain not currently listed on the schedule either, as well as the Nürburgring.

The biggest surprise comes with the return of Sebring, which hosted the series-opening round in 2012, for a combined race weekend with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in March 2019.

The Sebring WEC race will run from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m on the Sunday of the race weekend following the IMSA event on the Saturday.

The 2018-19 season will conclude at Le Mans in June, with the 2019-20 season then set to start in October before culminating once again at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Neveu said Le Mans will no longer offer double points, with the 12-hour race at Sebring and two 24-hour races, however, getting an incremental amount of points compared to a normal six-hour race.

The schedule is subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council, which meets next on Sept. 21.

2018-19 WEC Schedule (Provisional):
May 4-5 — Spa-Francorchamps
June 16-17 — 24 Hours of Le Mans
Oct. 13-14 — Fuji Speedway
Nov. 3-4 — Shanghai
February (2019) — TBC
March 15-16 (2019) – Twelve Hours of Sebring
May 3-4 (2019) – Spa-Francorchamps
June 15-16 (2019) – 24 Hours of Le Mans

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

118 Comments

118 Comments

  1. Pierce

    September 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    So is IMSA getting the boot from the 12 hours? Wow that’s some shady business

    • Nick1

      September 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      The announcement said its a combined race for 2019

      • Charlie

        September 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        It sounds like it’s not even a combined race, but two twelve hour races in one weekend.

        • Mike

          September 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

          Hopefully they use their brains and rethink this by then. No reason it can’t be a 4 class combined race.

          • Brifred

            September 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

            Competition regulations might be a problem, i.e. Pit stop refs and caution procedures.

          • Guest

            September 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

            Combined race would be 6 classes minimum and have so many problems. Glad they learned from 2012.

      • Overtake24

        September 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        It’s a combined race weekend. Two separate 12 hour races.

        • NaBUru38

          September 2, 2017 at 7:59 am

          Hopefully it’s a prototype ane and a GT race.

          • thomas

            September 2, 2017 at 10:44 am

            No, it’s an IMSA race from 10AM to 10PM followed by a WEC race from 12AM to 12PM

    • Kyle

      September 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      What? No. WEC is piggy-backing on the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend. Their race will start right after the IMSA race ends.

      • Mike

        September 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        Which would be a massive mistake, fortunately they have a good 16 months to correct that slight error and run a combined race.

        • Kyle

          September 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

          While a combined race once again would be cool, I don’t see either side agreeing to that. You’d have six classes, numerous different rules and regs that would have to be sorted out somehow, and I’m sure IMSA would think about how they don’t want DPi’s at Le Mans, so why should they allow LMP1’s to win their event. Again, it’d be cool to finally see a combined race again, but I just don’t see it happening under the current climate from either side.

        • GTurner38

          September 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm

          What rules do you want to run under? Are IMSA teams going to be given a limit of 8 sets of tires and forced to refuel before changing tires? Are we going to get rid of the wavearounds and let everyone pit after closing the pitlane for three laps during a safety car period? Which qualifying format do you want to use? We have to keep in mind that the last time there was a combined race, ALMS was looking to the ACO for the basic sporting regulations and it was still a mess.

        • Anon

          September 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

          They did that years ago and it sucked.

        • Rus'L

          September 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

          Would there even be enough pit stalls for a combined race?

          • Rick

            September 3, 2017 at 6:14 am

            Absolutely not, unless cars from one or both series were to be omitted, and that would be a really bad idea.

          • Helmut

            September 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

            WEC will have only a few entries by then, should be no big deal to add them to the IMSA cars.

      • Anon

        September 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        No one is even going to care about the WEC race.

        The fans who stay at the track may watch a few hours before going to sleep or leaving. No one is going to watch it on TV, if it is even broadcast. European teams would rather run the real 12h. I’d be surprised if there are 25 cars, meanwhile IMSA will easily have around 60.

        • Rus'L

          September 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

          For the Europeans, it’s a nice TV window. Depending on exactly which country, the race is run 6:00am-6:00pm European time. Ergo, people will watch it on TV.

    • Gaucherie

      September 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Pierce, it literally says in the article that the IMSA race is on Saturday and the WEC race is on Sunday. How is that getting “the boot”?

      • Rus'L

        September 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

        Some people are just incapable of reading articles… They read the headline and jump right to the comments section so they can be the first ones to post.

  2. Bjones

    September 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Combined

  3. DPi

    September 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    And bring on the salt

  4. Scott

    September 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Reading more into this. If IMSA allows WEC to run at Sebring, what does IMSA get in exchange? An agreement from the ACO to let DPi run at Le Mans???

    • Steven

      September 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      DPi is not going to Le Mans, get over it.

    • GTurner38

      September 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      They get another day of track activity on a track that IMSA owns.

      • FLB

        September 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm

        Is that enough, though? Sebring is a marquee event for sportscar racing in North America, if not *the* marquee event.

        • Helmut

          September 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

          For that reason I don’t believe in the 2nd 12 h race. Would be like having another endurance sportscar race at Le Mans.

  5. Vincent

    September 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Let IMSA be IMSA. Stay away from Sebring, FIA! Also the 2018/2019 season will be longer than an entire year and there is only eight races?! Horrible ideas continue to come from the FIA.

    • Mike

      September 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Yeah, as someone who has gone to the last 3 Sebrings, slow down buddy. An IMSA-WEC 2019 Sebring where they’ve learned from all of the mistakes of the 2012 edition will be the best sportscar race in the last 20 years.

    • AudiTT

      September 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

      It’s a transitional year.

      Basically just a Spa warm-up for Le Mans. Then rounds to take us through to Le Mans 2019.

      The standard winter season will start after Le Mans 2019, with the season ending at Le Mans 2020.

  6. Prototype 1

    September 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Jan 2019 has a TBC.

    ‘Call it’ on Sebring.

    My Money for Jan 2019, Hankook 24 Hours at Dubai at the Dubai Autodrome.

    • Thomas

      September 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Yeah that won’t happen. Not a chance

      • NaBUru38

        September 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

        Mexico City

        • NaBUru38

          September 2, 2017 at 8:25 am

          Or Kyalami

        • thomas

          September 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

          Don’t rule out South America-Interlagos most likely. It wouldn’t be impossible to do something in Australia or New Zealand but whether anybody shows up is another question.

    • Helmut

      September 4, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Yeah, I also guess somewhere in Arabia.

  7. Greg

    September 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Can someone explain why they switched to winter season? Just to be different? Or to follow Formula E?

    • Louis

      September 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      To give teams a larger break after the 24 hpurs of lemans

      • Helmut

        September 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

        Which no one needs though… in the past, teams were already complaining about the long break after Le Mans, now it would be even longer.

    • bhtooefr

      September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I believe it’s unrelated to Formula E – instead, they want Le Mans to be the season finale, partially to combat teams showing up to Silverstone, Spa, and Le Mans, and skipping the rest of the WEC season.

  8. Ed

    September 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    They decided to do this because they want LM as the final race of the season, in order to mantain a stable number of entries in the championship.

  9. Chris Moncado

    September 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Riding on the coat tails of IMSA again while ignoring the superior DPi……….

    • Not Bryan

      September 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Low energy FIA, bad!

    • Steven

      September 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      IMSA is still trying to win back the old fans. Was at Road America a few weeks ago and the crowd was nowhere near what ALMS brought in 2012.

      • Mo

        September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

        Who cares about ALMS- IMSA/WeatherTech is a better product now. ALMS died. Imsa doesnt need fans stuck in 2012.

        • JC Frances cocaine nose

          September 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

          Um. . . yeah, IMSA needs old ALMS fans because we actually showed up to the events! Very FEW a damn about the Grand-Am series,either attending or watching.

          • Andy Flinn

            September 1, 2017 at 11:06 pm

            That was four years ago!

            Put down the blow and move on.

          • Jordan

            September 2, 2017 at 3:12 am

            Basic facts make Andy Flinn angry.

        • screwnascar

          September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

          WeatherTech has the POTENTIAL to be a better product but NASCAR is fucking that up trying to run it like their stock car crap.

          ALMS was much better and Panoz should have sold it to someone else, anyone else.

        • Steven

          September 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

          No its not. If IMSA went to the race procedures that ELMS/WEC use, then yes. But I am not a fan of the Nascar style pitting that took away a lot of pit strategy. Nor does IMSA not enforce enough on careless driving/track limits.

          I’m not stuck in 2012. I was just stating a fact being at the event in 2012 and then in 2017.

          • Mo

            September 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

            Well, ALMS died, and IMSA/ WearherTech is thriving.

        • Helmut

          September 4, 2017 at 9:05 am

          Just look at the entry grid back then. Three LMP1 (two Dyson Lolas, one Muscle Milk HPD, four LMP2 (Dempsey Lola, Conquest Morgan, two Level 5 HPDs). The prototype category was already dead.

      • Anon

        September 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm

        Wish they would bring back the 4h race. It’s possible with a few small changes to race lengths, adds about 30 minutes more run time on the season.

  10. NorthSask

    September 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    The WEC going back to Sebring seems to be a strong indication that some allowance is going to be made regarding DPi at Le Mans, you’d think. Also, let’s hope the January round is the second week in January to avoid any conflicts with Daytona, which would not help either series. If the WEC does this right, it could set up well for the future. Or, this could be the beginning of the end if they don’t play their cards right.

  11. Kyle

    September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    WEC returning to Sebring is a fantastic surprise. That will make for one epic weekend of racing having the normal 12 Hours of Sebring for IMSA and then another 12 hour race for WEC starting right after. Now if they’d just get smart about the DPi formula…

  12. Brifred

    September 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Can’t run the series together as they have different competition regulations i.e. caution procedures & pit stop regulations to name two. Would they run the weekend with IMSA 12hr event on Saturday & WEC 6hrs on Sunday like they did at Silverstone. That would be fantastic!

    • Steven

      September 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      YAY!!! someone actually gets it. These are 2 completely different run racing organizations with completely different sets of rules and regulations.

  13. Marc

    September 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    The 2012 (I was there) race had 60+ cars. That was too many. If this is a combined race we’ll have the same problems as with 2012.

    One interesting thing is that the WEC will have to use American style pitlane. Which they did before in 2012 but this is unique compared to the rest of the WEC schedule.

    • Marc

      September 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Reread the article… I re-tract my above ^^^ 🙂

    • Anon

      September 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      It wasn’t so much the car numbers as it was having six classes: LMP1 Audi, LMP1 everyone else, LMP2, LMPC, GTE Pro/Am, and GT3 Cup.

  14. Stewart

    September 1, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I didn’t think they were allowed to race on Sunday at Sebring due to county regulations.

    • SebringFan

      September 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      No Sunday regulations here.

      No overnight racing though…

      • briss

        September 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

        Yeah but the IMSA race ends at 10pm. This says the WEC race starts at 12am. So a two hour break in between events? Holy smokes

        • Rus'L

          September 2, 2017 at 9:09 am

          The corner workers are going to be spent. They are going to have to staff it like Daytona.

        • Helmut

          September 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

          I don’t believe in a second 12 h race for that reason. Probablly just a last effort to make the WEC sound attractive.

    • thomas

      September 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

      That’s Lime Rock

  15. Bjones

    September 1, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Gentlemen Sebring is Hugh in Europe. If anyone needs anyone WEC needs Sebring, Sebring and LeMans oh yea,hugh in Europe and the world, Not sure about Sat and Sun though.

  16. Bjones

    September 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Yes, we race on Sundays in Sebring, the only question is an noise ordinance that kicks in at 9:00pm, but the 12 hours is exempt. Still where was it said a Sat and Sunday race? I really don’t see how they could run together like 2012 because Sebring only has pits for 68 I think, even though I believe rules could be adopted but doubt it. Should have wrote compromised or agreed on.

    • Matt

      September 1, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      “The Sebring WEC race will run from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m on the Sunday of the race weekend following the IMSA event on the Saturday.”

      The number illiterate people I’m tbis thread is staggering.

      • Matt

        September 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

        Now THAT is ironic

        • Rus'L

          September 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

          At least you made fun of yourself. LOL

    • Keith Indy

      September 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      I’m reading a lot of comments that are sound quite negative in about things that aren’t the facts so far we’re talking about two 12-hour races the 67th running of the 12 hours as normal then come midnight for those of us who are true race fans and not a bunch of pussies we’re going to party for another 12 hours. This will be a huge TV deal in Europe I can’t believe how lame most of you guys are not you in particular I’ve never done this kind of thing before Kick-Ass

      • Flat Tire

        September 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

      • Andy Flinn

        September 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

        Keith I want to party with you at Sebring in ’19.

        Well said.

        • Joel

          September 2, 2017 at 9:21 pm

          +1 Keith, partying all night long. Raging on Red Bull and Four Loko

      • Helmut

        September 4, 2017 at 9:11 am

        A huge TV deal in Europe? I think you really have the wrong assumptions about endurance racing in Europe. It’s a niche product. That’s also why Audi and Porsche no longer compete in the series (if it were that attractive and if you could target that many people Volkswagen AG would have continued one programme).

  17. Steven

    September 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Are people really complaining about Sebring having 2, 12 hour races? Sebring 2019 is gonna be one hellva party.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 1, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Pretty sure I’m gonna have to be there. 2 Sebring 12 Hours? Sweeeet!!

      • FLB

        September 1, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        My thoughts exactly. I’ve only been once, in 2010… so far.

  18. Gav otoole

    September 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Look at it this way everyone. We’re going to see bloody good racing That weekend. 2 races regardless of the rules. Sounds like a good weekend of racing to me!

  19. Art

    September 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I am confused about the schedule above….do all those dates count as one season, with Spa & LM24 twice in that first year? Or does the season start with Fuji 2018 and end with LM24 in 2019…in which case the 2017 Spa & LM24 are “floating”…unattached to a full championship season? Does that make sense?

    • Art

      September 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      ….I meant that the 2018 Spa & LM24 might be “floating”…

  20. jason

    September 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    1) Only 4 races in 2018? Wow makes WEC look weak and IMSA VERY VERY strong. I guess Toyota can run all of 2018 now eh?

    2) I like the double Sebring idea but we need to make sure that the IMSA race is the true 12 hours of Sebring. I think the WEC one should be scaled back 10 hours to have it be different. Run from noon to 10 pm

  21. Richard Reeves

    September 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    WOW! That’s all I can say. The Europeans have finally come to their senses. I’ve been arguing for a return to Sebring for years and many said it was impossible. Only at Sebring (aside from Le Mans) could the WEC realize six-figure attendance. Now let them open up the paddock to fans as opposed to the WEC’s closed paddock & I’ll really be impressed! Too bad Audi is gone, as they were always such fan-friendly P1 occupants in Sebring’s paddock. Let us sports car fans uncork a bottle of bubbly and celebrate what is truly a landmark event! 2019 can’t get here soon enough!

    • Richard Reeves

      September 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      As at least one has mentioned…the WEC race is scheduled to start at midnight, two hours after the IMSA race. Have a feeling this will be changed to a Sunday morning start as midnight would be brutal for teams, fans, broadcasters…

      A double 12-hour race weekend would be stunning and unique, as far as I know…

      • Flat Tire

        September 1, 2017 at 9:15 pm

        That is brutal, but its pretty awesome to think of a Sebring weekend where you have a traditional Sebring race schedule with the final hours being in sunset and darkness, AND THEN a race that starts at night and gives you the LeMans style sunrise and final run to the finish. Should be unreal.

        Also, any speculation on what the February date might be? The article seems to suggest that it could be Bahrain. Any chance at Bathurst? Maybe a double race wknd in Australia?!?

        Would love it for this to be a permanent shift with 2019/2020 season starting with the Asia swing, then move to Americas, and finish with the European races.

        • thomas

          September 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

          There’s no way you could run an LMP1 around Mt Panorama. It would be way too dangerous. They did run a Porsche RS Spyder around there as a demo a couple of years ago but that was a slowish publicity thing

      • Slicks in the wet

        September 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm

        honestly…has any modern enduro started at night?

        this is super cool and unique, right?

        • Jordan

          September 2, 2017 at 2:54 am

          The GT races at Bathurst have.

          • Slicks in the wet

            September 2, 2017 at 6:05 am

            True. Kinda. They are like early AM, just before sunrise. Not dead of night like this WEC event looks to be.

            But yeah…you got it.

          • thomas

            September 2, 2017 at 10:49 am

            And it is pitch black at the start too

  22. pdxracefan

    September 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Whoa! Double 12 hour races. 2nd one 1-1/2 hours after the finish of the 12 Hours. We may just have to rent a motorhome for the weekend in 2019. The house is already booked for 2018. Woo Hoo!

    • Rus'L

      September 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Two hours later. IMSA is 10a-10p. WEC is 12a-12p.

  23. Darrin Wicken

    September 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    The WEC already has an open paddock. I’ve been to all their races at COTA and the IMSA/WEC double header was the best weekend of the year. A big loss for COTA. Wondering if Sebring will have to make any changes. All the tracks they currently race on (besides LeMans) are Class 1 circuits.

    • Andy Flinn

      September 1, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Let’s hope not, Darrin.

    • George 917-30

      September 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Let’s hope Imsa strongly resists any changes, it’s perfect as-is. Ok, maybe better bathrooms. Other than that, leave it alone – PLEASE, no more debris fence! I’d be surprised if this plan comes off as proposed – more likely a six hour WEC on Sunday.

    • Rus'L

      September 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

      The rules don’t say you gave to be a grade 1 circuit. Grade 2 is acceptable. I’m sure Sebring is grade 2. BTW, Watkins Glen is grade 2. Just saying…

  24. Change it up

    September 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Omg I wanted this to happen!!!!!!!! Wohooooooooo!!!!!

  25. Lanky Turtle

    September 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Is this April fools day? I can’t believe WEC is coming back to Sebring. This is exciting news, I just hope ticket prices don’t go up too much. I just wish they’d run 10AM to 10PM on Sunday because all I can think about is how tired I am every year when the 12 Hours ends after spending 3 or 4 days at the track. I wonder what they will call this 12 hour race at Sebring because “12 Hours of Sebring” is taken.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 2, 2017 at 6:16 am

      The “1st Inaugral WEC ‘Lanky Turtle Challenge presented by RedBull!”

  26. Larry

    September 2, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Midnight Saturday night to noon on Sunday after working corners for the 12 Hours?????? I don’t think so and it would be 24 hours on the heels of the Rolex24. No thanks.

    While I would love to have WEC come back to Sebring, maybe a standalone 6 hour race in November or December, that’s asking way too much of the staff to man two back to back 12 hour races for two sanctioning bodies on consecutive days with no sleep in between.

  27. JohnW

    September 2, 2017 at 1:12 am

    This should make things a little easier for the WEC teams that were considering the Florida 36 hours next year.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 2, 2017 at 6:10 am

      BUT…

      if they fly out early for the Rolex24….and stay for Sebring, they arent gonna be doing IMSA Sebring, itll be WEC Sebring–cause no way does a team risk their car for the IMSA race when 2 hours later they have the WEC race to do–in the actual championship they are trying to win.

      • JohnW

        September 3, 2017 at 1:13 am

        Of course that’s true for 2019 but I was referring to next year. The WEC season doesn’t start until May so I’m hoping some of the rumored entries from Europe make the trip over.

  28. Jordan

    September 2, 2017 at 3:11 am

    The February (2019) — TBC is most likely whichever Middle Eastern country wants to pay WEC for exclusivity in the Middle East.

    Bahrain?
    Dubai?
    Abu Dhabi?

    • Prototype 1

      September 2, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Hopefully is will be the Dubai Autodrome.

      12 hours: 7pm to 7am

  29. John

    September 2, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Consecutive 12hr races would be pretty wild, but let’s wait until they actually have all the details worked out and see if it really happens.

    Overall, the schedule reflects pragmatism. A race in Europe, the U.S., Japan (to placate Toyota?) and China, plus the 24.

    I doubt anyone will miss Bahrain, and Germany won’t even support F1 with a German driver at the top, never mind the fact that the German marques have left the series high and dry. Is Mexico still in play? We’ll see.

    Interesting times ahead.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 2, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Hamilton isnt German…ha!

      • LuisHambone44

        September 3, 2017 at 5:34 am

        Louise is still trailing VET no?

  30. Bjones

    September 2, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Usually the WEC teams are at Sebring during the Winter, the paddock is full of them as well as Dunlop and Michelin trailers camping out. I have seen a damn near full set of entries testing and almost every one is from Europe or WEC teams so to race at Sebring is no biggy as the cars are usually stored in the hangers around Sebring or nearby awaiting the trip back to Europe, ever tried testing in Europe, well its good for rain and snow tire testing. Basically testing in Europe is almost impossible during the Winter: not me saying this, just the teams who come over. As for being a F1 course, Sebring is Sebring she is what she is, hell for 12hours,
    sweet.

  31. NaBUru38

    September 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Other than the return of Sebring, this is very disappointing. Just four races next year is hardly an improvement.

  32. Mike S.

    September 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Not a winter schedule. It’s 2 season schedule. Summer and spring with a February date TBC. Desert or Florida it is in February. Not many places other than that are dryish or warm.

    • thomas

      September 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

      the whole of the southern hemisphere…ok I’ll give you Antarctica as impossible but you’ve got South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Equatorial Asia and South America as options that have suitable facilities

  33. Johannes275

    September 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Well done FIA, you’ve killed your own world-class sportscar racing championship for the 2nd time.

  34. Dennis

    September 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    A lot of chatter with little thought for the workers that would have to deal with Daytona 24, St. Pete GP, Sebring 12 hours X2, and the local SCCA schedule almost back to back. Insane! It’s difficult to staff as is these days with workers at a shortage. WEC gonna cater food, lodging and put a EMS truck at each flag station for the workers? These races don’t just run themselves!!!

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