Grand Prix dates shuffled after earthquake

The Electronic Telegraph 2 February 1995 By Timothy Collings THE Pacific Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Japan on April 16, has been postponed until October by the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), in a...

The Electronic Telegraph 2 February 1995

By Timothy Collings

THE Pacific Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Japan on April 16, has been postponed until October by the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), in a revised 1995 Formula One calendar issued yesterday.

The Pacific race could not go ahead because of damage caused to communications around the circuit at Aida, resulting from the recent earthquake at Kobe. The race is now planned for Oct 22, as the first part of a double-header with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, which precedes the last race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide.

As a result of the postponement, the Argentine Grand Prix has been shifted from its season-opening date of March 12 to April 9. This means that the world championship will begin with the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo on March 26.

It will be followed two weeks later by the Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires, before the grand prix circus transfers from Latin America back to Europe for the San Marino race at Imola on April 30. Four of the scheduled 16 races remain unconfirmed, as final approval of the tracks has not been granted. The races concerned as those in Brazil, Argentina, Imola and Monza.

The Pacific Grand Prix will also require final confirmation of its new date from the Japanese Automobile Federation. If any other race fails to take place, an event will take place in Budapest on Aug 13.

1995 CALENDAR

Mar 26: Brazil (Sao Paulo) * Apr 9: Argentina (Buenos Aires) * Apr 30: San Marino (Imola) * May 14: Spain (Barcelona) May 28: Monaco (Monte Carlo) Jun 11: Canada (Montreal) Jul 2: France (Magny-Cours) Jul 16: Great Britain (Silverstone) Jul 30: Germany (Hockenheim) Aug 27: Belgium (Spa) Sep 10: Italy (Monza) * Sep 24: Portugal (Estoril) Oct 1: Europe (Nurburgring) Oct 22: Pacific (Aida) - Oct 29: Japan (Suzuka) Nov 12: Australia (Adelaide)

* pending a circuit inspection - to be confirmed by Japanese Federation

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