FIA reveals 21-race calendar for 2012

Formula 1 governing body the FIA has released the first draft of the 2012 race calendar, following a World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Barcelona on Friday. The calendar features a number of notable changes, not least that it increases in length once again to 21 races.

Beginning in Bahrain and ending in Brazil over eight months later, the schedule features five pairs of back-to-back weekends with the usual four-week summer break between Hungary and Belgium. The European season setup will begin in Turkey again, with Korea being brought forward to the fifth slot, in April. After a four-year absence, the United States returns with its brand-new Hermann Tilke-built track in Austin, Texas. Staged in June, the race will run a week after the Canadian Grand Prix.

The FIA also notes that it is now working alongside the FIM, governing body for MotoGP, to ensure that events do not clash.

The provisional 2012 F1 calendar is as follows:

Round 1 Bahrain, Sakhir – 11 March
Round 2 Australia, Melbourne – 18 March
Round 3 Malaysia, Sepang – 1 April
Round 4 China, Shanghai – 8 April
Round 5 Korea, Yeongam – 22 April
Round 6 Turkey, Istanbul – 6 May *
Round 7 Spain, Barcelona – 20 May
Round 8 Monaco, Monte Carlo – 27 May
Round 9 Canada, Montreal – 10 June
Round 10 United States, Austin – 17 June
Round 11 Europe, Valencia – 1 July
Round 12 Great Britain, Silverstone – 15 July
Round 13 Germany, Hockenheim – 29 July
Round 14 Hungary, Budapest – 5 August
Round 15 Belgium, Spa – 2 September
Round 16 Italy, Monza – 9 September
Round 17 Singapore – 30 September
Round 18 Japan, Suzuka – 14 October
Round 19 India, Greater Noida – 28 October
Round 20 Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina – 11 November
Round 21 Brazil, São Paulo – 25 November

* Subject to confirmation

Leave a Reply