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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 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 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ 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

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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

    1. What picture?

  7. Britalian Stallion
    3rd December 2011, 22:04

    I like this calender!

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