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5) CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
5.1 Events are reserved for Formula One cars as defined in the Technical Regulations.
5.2 Each Event will have the status of an international restricted competition.
5.3 The distance of all races, from the start signal referred to in Article 38.9 to the chequered flag,
shall be equal to the least number of complete laps which exceed a distance of 305 km (Monaco 260km). However, should two hours elapse before the scheduled race distance is completed, the leader will be shown the chequered flag when he crosses the control line (the Line) at the end of the lap during which the two hour period ended.
However, should the race be suspended (see Article 41) the length of the suspension will be added to this period up to a maximum total race time of four hours.
5.4 The maximum number of Events in the Championship is 20, the minimum is 8.
5.5 The final list of Events is published by the FIA before 1 January each year.
5.6 An Event which is cancelled with less than three months written notice to the FIA will not be
considered for inclusion in the following year's Championship unless the FIA judges the cancellation to have been due to force majeure.
5.7 An Event may be cancelled if fewer than 12 cars are available for it.