2009 F1 calendar: better than ’08? (Poll)

F1 gains Suzuka (above) but loses Montreal in 2009

F1 gains Suzuka (above) but loses Montreal in 2009

The official 2009 F1 calendar has been published with the Canadian Grand Prix mysteriously absent. That?s not the only change for next year, with Abu Dhabi arriving on the calendar as the new season finale.

Has the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone done a better job with the 2009 F1 calendar than the 2008 schedule? Compare the two and cast your vote below.

The major changes between the two calendars are:

Round 2008 race 2009 race
1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang
3 Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
4 Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya
5 Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo
6 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul
7 Canadian Grand prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve British Grand Prix, Silverstone
8 French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours
9 British Grand Prix, Silverstone German Grand Prix*, Nurburgring
10 German Grand Prix, Hockenheimring Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring
11 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring European Grand Prix**, Valencia
12 European Grand Prix, Valencia Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
13 Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps Italian Grand Prix, Monza
14 Italian Grand Prix, Monza Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore
15 Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
16 Japanese Grand Prix, Fuji Speedway Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
17 Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos
18 Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Island

*Exact title TBC. The Hockenheimring owners won’t allow the Nurburgring to use the title ‘German Grand Prix’.
**Exact title TBC. May use the title ‘Mediterranean Grand Prix’ so the Nurburgring can be the ‘European Grand Prix’.

Is the 2009 F1 calendar better than the 2008 F1 calendar?

  • Yes, the 2009 F1 calendar is much better (5%)
  • Yes, the 2009 F1 calendar is slightly better (12%)
  • They are just as good/bad as each other (25%)
  • No, the 2008 F1 calendar is slightly better (23%)
  • No, the 2008 F1 calendar is much better (31%)
  • I have no opinion (5%)

Total Voters: 393

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44 comments on 2009 F1 calendar: better than ’08? (Poll)

  1. I already had several issues with the 2009 calendar – season opener starts 2 weeks later than usual, finishing in Abu who?-bi instead of Brazil, two boring races in Spain.

    But the loss of Montreal just takes the biscuit.

    Not happy Jan.

  2. Lustigson, very good points and you are indeed correct about the need to race on all the continents. You are also correct that Renault dose not deal here by name, but they do have a major market stake in the U.S. and Canada with Nissan, so even they have a say about losing Canada and the U.S. in the last two years.

  3. I imagine most of us follow F1 on TV. Sad that some of the new venues have the visual appeal of a post apocalyptic wasteland devoid of humanity.
    I fear following the loot rather than the fans will be the sport’s undoing.
    No Canadian GP = Bloody Ridiculous
    Abu where?

  4. Man, first they can the U.S. GP and now that I live on the east coast and have the potential of going to montreal to see the GP they get rid of that too! I bet if I end up doing my PhD in england they get rid of that race as well. =(

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