Provisional 2008 calendar released

The FIA released the provisional 2008 calendar this week and it features 18 races from March to November. Despite the organisers of the Australian Grand Prix previously saying it would be the second race next year, Melbourne retains its usual ...

The FIA released the provisional 2008 calendar this week and it features 18 races from March to November. Despite the organisers of the Australian Grand Prix previously saying it would be the second race next year, Melbourne retains its usual season-opener spot, this time on March 19th. Malaysia follows a week later, then Bahrain on April 6th.

Spain is scheduled as the first of the European races on April 27th and Turkey is much earlier than usual on May 11th. Monaco follows towards the end of the month, the 25th, then Canada provisionally on June 8th, the solitary race in North America with Indianapolis off the calendar. Back in Europe the previously under threat French GP is on June 22nd.

Great Britain retains its early July spot, the 6th, followed by Germany on the 20th, which should be at Hockenheim. Hungary is August 3rd then comes the European GP on the 24th -- Valencia in Spain will host the race, subject to circuit approval. Italy and Belgium round off the races in Europe on the 7th and 14th of September respectively.

Singapore debuts on September 28th, also subject to circuit approval, followed by China on the 12th of October and Japan on the 19th. Suzuka had hoped to regain the Japanese GP for 2008 but so far it seems that Fuji will continue to be host. Brazil will once again be the last race of the season with a later date of November 2nd.

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