Changes to dates and venues for 2004

The FIA has released the 2004 Formula One calendar and as expected, there are some changes to the dates and venues from previous years. Australia and Malaysia remain the first two venues in March and the first new circuit is Bahrain, on April 4th,...

The FIA has released the 2004 Formula One calendar and as expected, there are some changes to the dates and venues from previous years. Australia and Malaysia remain the first two venues in March and the first new circuit is Bahrain, on April 4th, subject to circuit approval.

Imola is usually the first race in Europe after the long haul events but in 2004 the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring will be the venue after Bahrain. The San Marino GP will now take place at the beginning of June.

The USGP has moved to a summer date, June 20th, and Spa-Francorchamps has been provisionally re-instated. The Belgian GP is scheduled for August 29th, depending on the repeal of the tobacco advertising laws.

China is the other new face on the calendar. The inaugural Grand Prix is on September 26th, although, like Bahrain, it is subject to circuit approval. All the shuffling means the Brazilian GP has moved from its usual third-of-the-season spot to the last. Interlagos will host the final race of the year on October 24th.

The only other question mark is the French GP -- scheduled for July 11th, the Magny-Cours race is subject to contract. Bahrain and China's provisional dates are due to the circuits still being constructed.

2004 Formula One calendar

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