Berthold Bouman, F1 Correspondent
After a vote of the FIA World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) yesterday, the official 2012 Formula One calendar has been approved. The most noticeable change on the calendar is the absence of the Turkish Grand Prix and the Bahrain Grand Prix has been moved to April 22.
After discussions between officials of the Turkish Grand Prix and FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone, the race has been removed from the calendar. The Bahrain Grand Prix has been moved from October to April, and in fact swapped places with the Indian Grand Prix which is now scheduled for October 28. The FIA nor Ecclestone have commented on the new date for the Bahrain GP. This season the race was abandoned after civil unrest in the tiny Gulf state.
However, in a GMM report released today former FIA President Max Mosley commented there is still some uncertainty about the venue, “I would monitor the situation [in Bahrain] and set them a deadline, say the first of March next year. It would be rude to shut them out forever, but they do need to completely prove that the situation has calmed down.”
Good news for the American Formula One fans, the calendar also confirms the date of the inaugural US Grand Prix which will be held on November 18 at the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas.
The Circuit of the Americas issued a brief statement:
“The news we have all been waiting for is here. We are happy to announce that FIA and the World Motor Sport Council released a confirmed calendar for the 2012 Formula 1 season today.
The inaugural Austin race could very well decide the outcome of the 2012 season, as it will be the second-to-last race of the season, running back-to-back with the Brazilian Grand Prix.
We at Circuit of The Americas are thrilled with this announcement and look forward to hosting this world-class event at its new world-class destination.”
The 2012 Formula One season start on March 18 in Melbourne, and ends on November 25 in Brazil. There are 20 races on the calendar, and an unprecedented 7 back-to-back venues: Australia/Malaysia; China/Bahrain; Germany/Hungary; Belgium/Italy; Japan/Korea; India/Abu Dhabi and USA/Brazil.
2012 Formula One Calendar
|July 8||Great Britain|
|November 4||Abu Dhabi|