Provisional 2009 F1 calendar has good news for France, bad for America

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The first details of the 2009 F1 calendar were published today with the F1 schedule set to return to 19 races ?ǣ a high it has only reached once before, in 2005.

As was expected the French Grand Prix is remaining at Magny-Cours. The Australian Grand Prix also appears as a provisional fixture.

However there is still no slot for a United States Grand Prix. For the second year in a row F1 will have only one race in North America ?ǣ the Canadian Grand Prix. Full details below.

Provisional 2009 F1 calendar

Rnd Date Event Circuit
1 27-29 March Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Mebourne
2 3-5 April Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit (possible night race)
3 17-19 April Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
4 8-10 May Spanish Grand Prix Montmelo, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
5 21-24 May Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
6 5-7 June Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
7 19-21 June British Grand Prix Silverstone
8 26-28 June French Grand Prix Magny-Cours
9 10-12 July German Grand Prix Nurburgring
10 24-26 July Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
11 7-9 August Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park
12 21-23 August European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit
13 4-6 September Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14 11-13 September Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
15 25-27 September Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Street Circuit (night race)
16 9-11 October Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka**
17 16-18 October Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
18 30 October – 1 November Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Sao Paulo
19 13-15 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Island

Changes on the 2009 F1 calendar

The season starts later than usual, with the Australian Grand Prix on March 29th – it was on March 16th this year. However the season also ends later than usual.

Among the other changes is the return of the Turkish Grand Prix to its original late summer slot. It was held in May this year in unusually cool conditions.

The calendar does not give details of venues but the German and Japanese Grands Prix are expected to rotate locations with the German round being held at the Nurburgring (possibly under a different title) and the Japanese back at Suzuka after two years at Fuji Speedway.

The British Grand Prix has moved in front of the French Grand Prix and the Belgian in front of the Italian.

A slot at the end of the season has been found for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This is where it was originally expected to appear.

It will be the first time the F1 season has ended at an all-new circuit since the 1985 Adelaide Grand Prix. The race will be held on 15th November, the latest conclusion to a season since 1987.

2009 F1 calendar
2009 F1 season

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29 comments on Provisional 2009 F1 calendar has good news for France, bad for America

  1. Chalky said on 26th June 2008, 10:09

    No US GP is a disappointment. One less evening GP for me to watch.
    I know most venues do not make much money out of hosting a GP, but I’ve always wondered how much it would cost to say, for example, upgrade Watkins Glen to get it to a standard acceptable for Bernie.
    I’m guessing better VIP \ hospitality and pit complex is what is required?
    or is the Glen too far away from any city \ shopping complex for Bernie :)
    I shall have to keep dreaming I think…..

  2. Gman, Monaco is always in the late May bank holiday weekend. This allows the Monaco businesses to milk a extra day’s money from visitors (or at least that’s the cynical view).

    It seems weird, though, that the season will start after my birthday…

  3. Josh J said on 26th June 2008, 14:36

    Honestly – the fact that there’s no US GP is a disgrace, and Bernie et al should be ashamed with themselves. With all of Bernie’s pontificating over max’s problems with the sponsors (etc.) – I would have thought that the sponsors would be far more unhappy that there’s no race in the US. Frankly it’s just absurd. And for me it just goes to show how little he really does care for the sport that he would allow it to happen for what is in all reality a miniscule amount of money. He can;t really expect it to be truly considered the pinnacle of motorsport if it is not even competing in the US.

  4. the limit said on 27th June 2008, 4:25

    It is disappointing that there will be no American Grand Prix, but lets be honest with ourselves here.
    Bernie Ecclestone has always made it be known that he is interested in taking F1 into new markets, new areas.
    In a recent pole, one of the biggest regions for F1 viewing coverage was, surprise surprise, China.
    South East Asia, aswell as India, are the prime places for Ecclestone in his never ending quest to make more billions.
    Point two is that the relationship with America and F1 was fatally holed in 2005 and the infamous ‘six car race’. There was no real going back after that, the damage the sport suffered in the U.S was huge and soul destroying.
    Point three. Despite there being a die hard, hardcore element of F1 lovers in America, the overall viewing figures for F1 racing in the US are terrible. On average, each race attracts around 10 million viewers, out of a population of close to 300 million.
    Of all the nations that follow the sport, America has one of the worst viewing figures for F1. It is a tragedy for those who do love the sport in America, and who have followed it religiously for decades. However, with figures like that, and with so many empty seats at Indianapolis following the 2005 debacle, its hardly a shock that F1 has turned its back on Uncle Sam.

  5. Gman said on 27th June 2008, 4:55

    the limit, I could be wrong, but I believe the attendence figures for the two races after 2005 at Indy were in the 100,000 or so range. If that’s the case, then F1 should consider Indy 2005 DEAD AND BURIED(No anger or bad feelings- I just want to stress my point.) With an annual event like a GP, you know it’s a failure after a bad event (like Indy 2005) if the attendence plummets the next season. In this case, it was still strong. In terms of the empty seats, Indy can hold over 200,000 spectators- so even with a huge number of fans like 100,000- you’ll still see alot of empty seats because the place is huge.

    F1 viewing figures are naturally going to be higher in China than the US- what other major motorsports are there to see in China/India/etc.? No NASCAR/IndyCar/NHRA as the main motor sports, as there is here in America. If FOM thinks they can waltz right into the U.S and have everyone fall all over F1, they were mistaken. The sport can become popular here, but it would take some simple steps in terms of marketing and PR in order to give it a boost in this, a developed country with a strong series of domestic motorsports.

    Lastly, some positive comments from Bernie would help more than people realise, instead of stuff like “America is not vital to F1.”

  6. Gman said on 27th June 2008, 4:59

    And one last point on this issue…it’s an obvious one but I haden’t thought of it, and perhaps one of you have previously mentioned it. The car manufacturers are upset about not having a USGP, and rightfully so. But of all the people who should be upset…how about the bunch at Red Bull? The U.S. is a HUGE market for the drink, and I’d absolutley love for some brave journalist to ask Dietrich Mateschitz what he thinks of his team not being given a shot to race in the U.S.

  7. andrew said on 27th June 2008, 20:33

    i’d be quite happy if the Malaysian and Bahrain grand prixs were dropped, (especially considering AbuDhabi and Singapore are on the way), also why is no-one else raising the issue of the Spanish Grand Prix, making the Valencia round the Spanish GP would kill two birds with one stone- getting rid of Catalyuna and the issue of 2 GP’s per country, what does everyone think?

    • I think that the “European” Grand Prix should only go to countries that do not already stage a Grand Prix. Also other countries in Europe have 2 Grand Prix; Italy and San Marino, France and Monaco.

      I think the French Grand Prix is off the calendar for the moment, but Monaco will NEVER be dropped. The Valencia street circuit is a much more interesting race than the boring track outside Barcelona.

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th June 2008, 20:41

    Andrew – Funny you should mention about Spain having two Grands Prix, apparently it was a point of discussion at the World Motor Sports Council on Wednesday. Some people aren’t happy about it. The unofficial rule has been “one country, one Grand Prix” but until last year I think you have to go back to 1975 to find the last occasion where that was actually practised.

  9. Gman said on 28th June 2008, 23:30

    Andrew, I don’t think those nations are at the top of the F1 scale in terms of attendance. But since the organisers of both GPs are in Bernie’s back pocket, there’s absolutley 0% chance of them ever going off the schedule. I’m not saying those races should not be there- people in every part of the world should be able to enjoy the world championship. But it makes me frustrated when Bernie holds a privately-owner venue like Silversote/Indy/Magny-Cours to the same standard as the Tilke-designed superspeedways that are simply paid for by national funds. Business is business and FOM dose need to make money, but there are much better ways to work than the way they’ve treated the more traditional venues in recent years.

  10. andrew said on 29th June 2008, 13:28

    mind u i suppose this all depends on some extent to how big the calendar should (or could) be, then there would be n need for races to be dropped, isnt it the case tht if the season lasts longer than 17 races or something Bernie has to compemsate the teams for moving cars etc around the place?

  11. How recent is that Google Maps satellite pic? The circuit doesnt look very finished

  12. Britalian Stallion said on 3rd December 2011, 22:04

    I like this calender!

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