2009 F1 calendar expected tomorrow with French round at Magny-Cours

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Renault, Magny-Cours, 2008, 470150

A provisional 2009 F1 calendar is expected to be announced tomorrow by Bernie Ecclestone according to Nigel Roebuck.

Among the changes for 2009 will be the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, announced last year. And on Sunday rumours came to light that Magny-Cours, host of the French Grand Prix, will get a second stay of execution.

Here?s how the 2009 F1 calendar might look:

Possible 2009 F1 calendar

Here’s how next year’s calendar could look – this is purely hypothetical so please don’t go booking time off work and buying plane tickets.

Rnd Date Event Circuit
1 13-15 March Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Mebourne
2 20-22 March Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit (possible night race)
3 3-5 April Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
4 24-26 April Spanish Grand Prix Montmelo, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
5 8-10 May Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park
6 21-24 May* Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
7 5-7 June Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
8 12-14 June United States Grand Prix Indanapolis Motor Speedway
9 26-28 June French Grand Prix Magny-Cours
10 3-5 July British Grand Prix Silverstone
11 17-19 July German Grand Prix** Nurburgring
12 31 July-2 August Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
13 21-23 August European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit
14 4-6 September Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
15 11-13 September Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza
16 25-27 September Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Street Circuit (night race)
17 2-4 October Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Island
18 16-18 October Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka**
19 23-25 October Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
20 6-8 November Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo

*Monaco is a four-day weekend
**May run under a different name due to contractual dispute
***Alternating each year with Fuji Speedway

The United States Grand Prix apparently has a 50-50 chance of remaining on the calendar, and will be back if a sponsor is found. The United States is the tenth largest television audience for F1, and although Formula 1 is a minority sport in the USA in terms of interest, its importance as a market is gigantic.

It could squeeze back onto the calendar by appearing the week after the Canadian Grand Prix (as it did last year) with the French race moving back a week next to the British race as it has been in the past.

The new Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is apparently going to be in October and likely will not be the season finale. Putting it next to Singapore would make some geographic sense but as India and South Korea arrive in 2010 this end of the calendar will need a serious shake-up.

Changes to Abu Dhabi

Plans for a radical ??hybrid track? at Abu Dhabi have been scaled back. The original scheme for a track that was part street circuit, part permanent race course. The street section was to include a dramatic blast along a marina.

According to Autosport “renowned F1 fixer Philippe Gurdjian” has been brought onto the project which suggests they ran into some problems. Gurdjian helped the Bahrainis get their track ready on time in 2004 so the race should be in safe hands.

French Grand Prix to stay?

Bernie Ecclestone said 2007 was going to be the last race at Magny-Cours, and then he said 2008 would as well. Both, it seems, were wrong.

His plans for a Paris Grand Prix street race will have to wait a little longer. There is still little indication the project might become a reality. Rumours are Magny-Cours will stay on the calendar until 2010.

Keep track of all the test sessions, car launches races and more in 2008 and beyond with the F1Fanatic.co.uk Formula 1 calendar for Google Calendar:

2009 F1 season