2010 F1 calendar has 19 races, starts in Bahrain and ends in Brazil

Interlagos will host the 2010 F1 season finale

Interlagos will host the 2010 F1 season finale

Update: The 2010 F1 calendar has now been confirmed. See the full calendar here: 2010 F1 calendar

The 2010 F1 calendar revealed by the FIA today has 19 rounds. That equals the record for the most races in a season, set in 2005.

The championship will start in Bahrain, as it did in 2006. The season finale will return to Interlagos in Brazil, which held the final round of the championship last year.

South Korea’s first F1 Grand Prix has been confirmed, and following this year’s debacle the start time for the Malaysian Grand Prix has moved forward. Here is the official 2010 F1 calendar in full:

2010 F1 calendar

March 12-14th – Bahrain Grand Prix
March 26-28th – Australian Grand Prix
April 2nd-4th – Malaysian Grand Prix
April 16-18th – Chinese Grand Prix
May 7-9th – Spanish Grand Prix
May 20-23rd – Monaco Grand Prix
May 28-30th – Turkish Grand Prix
June 11-13th – Canadian Grand Prix (contract pending)
June 25-27th – European Grand Prix (Valencia)
July 9-11th – British Grand Prix
July 23-25th – German Grand Prix
July 30th – August 1st – Hungarian Grand Prix
August 27-29th – Belgian Grand Prix
September 10-12th – Italian Grand Prix
September 24-26th – Singapore Grand Prix
October 1-3rd – Japanese Grand Prix
October 15-17th – Korean Grand Prix
October 29-31st – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
November 12-14th – Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2010 F1 schedule looks promising so far – however we have to remember that following the first announcement of this year’s calendar two races were subsequently lost – the French and Canadian rounds.

It’s a great shame there is still no French round on the calendar, but as mentioned a few weeks ago it’s great to see Canada make a return.

Although the FIA hasn’t confirmed any venues (except to say that the European Grand Prix will remain at Valencia, albeit two months earlier), most of the events will remain at their present venues.

Thankfully any notion of Spa-Francorchamps having to share its slot with the Nurburgring appears to have receded for the time being. The Hockenheimring has said it will not host an F1 race next year, so presumably the German round of the championship will be at the Nurburgring once more.

Donington Park is racing to get ready to host the British Grand Prix. If it can’t, hopefully Silverstone will be able to.

Although Bernie Ecclestone insisted he wouldn’t move the Malaysian Grand Prix start time forward, after this year’s new late start meant the race couldn’t be finished, he has apparently relented and moved it forward by an hour to 4pm.

The only new round on the 2010 calendar is the South Korean Grand Prix at Jeonnam. You can have a look at the Hermann Tilke-designed track here (but to be honest if you’re familiar with his work you can probably guess how it goes: hairpin, straight, hairpin, token squiggly bit, etc?óÔéĽ?Ş)

This calendar is definitely arranged better than recent efforts, with few big gaps between races except for the new customary August break.

And it’s great to see F1 calendar size on the increase next year. India is supposed to join the roster the year after, so if France and the USA can make a return to I hope we have 22 races in 2011.

2010 F1 calendar

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84 comments on 2010 F1 calendar has 19 races, starts in Bahrain and ends in Brazil

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  1. Gerdoner said on 21st September 2009, 18:51

    Keith, I think you forgot to close a link tag ;)

  2. mp4-19b said on 21st September 2009, 19:19

    Worst place to kick of the season, but best place to be ending it :( :)

    • Yer i love the title finale in Brazil, its one of the only tracks where you can hear the atmosphere on television. The roar when Massa crossed the line as world champion last year was unforgetable.

  3. Richard NYC said on 21st September 2009, 19:34

    Whats funny they go from the Turkish GP all the way to Montreal. Those who feel USF1 cant be run from the U.S. need to look at the calender.

  4. I wish they’d race at Portimao too. :(

    • Don’t loose your hope.

      Valencia will not stay for much time in the calendar.

      I would like to watch Portimao hosting a race also. The pics we’ve seen during winter tests were quite promising!

  5. Bahrain to start is very annoying. Oz normally makes a really exciting first race to the season and Bahrain never has a good race.

    Going back to Interlagos for the season finale though is a great idea.

    And well having Canada back is the best news in F1 for a long time

  6. I am sick to death of hearing people speculate about Donington Park. Why is everyone so against it, and why is the BBC in particular so keen to report on the possibility that they might not have it done on time?

    How about we wait and see, and we will likely see a great race on a circuit which is FAR superior to Silverstone for racing.

  7. july 11th is also the football world cup final………..that will be a great weekend.

  8. Still seems strange that F1 needs to run 8 Grand Prix in Asia. Does the sport really have that big a following in South Korea? Obviously must be a lot more race fans in Malaysia than France, the birth place of motorsport.

    So 8 in Asia, 8 in Europe, 1 in South America, 1 in North America (not even USA and that’s just stoopid!) and of course, the Aussie GP.

    Good to see the calendar expanding again, but not at the expense of legitimate racing venues and fans. Also saw the Melbourne GP is to have a 1700 start time. Bad call after the the Malaysian GP this year.

    Wondering about the German GP – thought they had funding issues with Nurburgring. Would be nice if the FIA would publish the circuits, not just the country of the GP.

    • Brett M said on 22nd September 2009, 0:22

      The 1700 local time start in Melbourne is not such a bad call – the only issue will be the sun glare in the drivers eyes not the weather as was the issue in Malaysia – evening build up of bad weather.
      If it rains in Melbourne it is not like Malaysia which is tropical – Melbourne far from Tropical

  9. i dont get why they are moving the British GP, they get over 100,000 people a year but they want to move it why? its a classic track i have been there before.

    • i dont get why they are moving the British GP

      $$$$$$$$

      (That’s why we go to 8 Asian tracks too, of course)

    • Yes, but to be fair Silverstone is a long way to travel if you live in the north of England and means that if you go to the GP it’s a 2 day thing, which increases the costs when you put in the cost of a hotel or B&B (if you can find one that’s not booked up already!!)

      Donington is more central in the country and is just as good a circuit as Silverstone, perhaps better, we won’t know until we get racing there…

      I for one am hoping Donington pulls it off, if only cos my Dad said he’d pay for us to go to the first GP there ;)

  10. Sush Meerkat said on 21st September 2009, 20:24

    (but to be honest if you’re familiar with his work you can probably guess how it goes: hairpin, straight, hairpin, token squiggly bit, etc…)

    AHHAHAHAAH I just spat my beer out. Keith owes me a Stella.

  11. SATANIC LIAR said on 21st September 2009, 20:35

    India is supposed to join the roster in 2012

    The world is ending in 2012 :) So they’ll never make it!! Hooray!!

    • rmac923 said on 21st September 2009, 21:00

      Sorry Keith, as an American, I can tell you that unless Berine is sacked, there won’t be a USGP in the near future. The only permanent site that could hold it is Indy, but with Tony George gone (who wouldn’t accept his fees in the end) the sisters won’t even consider it. As for a street circuit, NYC is in deep debt so a race is impossible. Las Vegas was hit fiercely by the recession so I can’t see a race there. If the Indycar Series goes for sale, I could see Bernie making a stab at Long Beach, but he and the city has bad-blood going back to 1983.

      As for France, unless Bernie were willing to take a loss and stage it at Paul Ricard, the only hope there is the proposed Flins-Les-Mureaux circuit.

      • Hallard said on 21st September 2009, 23:02

        They should hold a street race in downtown Seattle! Im biased, since thats where I live, but it would be an awesome spectacle, with good waterfront scenery and tons of gradient. Plus, it rains all the time, and who doesnt enjoy a good wet race?

        • Spot-on Hallard!! Even though I live all the way across the country, I’ll gladly hop a flight out to the Pacific Northwest. And you’ve got a great sports culture out there- if the Sounders are drawing 30,000-plus in their first season, just imagine what F1 could bring in if the race was promoted and the tickets were a decent price :)

        • just like GT3 ay? sounds good to me

    • sankamesh said on 22nd September 2009, 3:14

      @SATANIC LIAR

      The world is ending in 2012 So they’ll never make it!! Hooray!!

      India deserves a GP and,liar,may be right but still its the world ends and not India!!!

    • just me said on 22nd September 2009, 17:43

      The world is ending in 2012 :)

      Hmm, interesting. When exactly in 2012?

      Here’s what I saw in my last sĂ©ance:
      The Force Pakistan team (taken over from the ex-Malaysia-Lotus team) finally made their highly unexpected maiden win in the maiden India race, ahead of the dominating Force India team that won the last 2 championships in a boring Schumacher-esque manner. As usual, the FIA stewards step in and declare: Force Pakistan gained an unfair advantage by cutting a chicane and not yielding long enough before the subsequent corner and therefore gets a 30 sec penalty, which puts them into 4th place.

      Pakistan naturally responds with some nukes onto India …

  12. Can I make some suggestions, Bernie?

    1) 2pm local time for every race start except Singapore and Abu Dhabi. If networks won’t show repeat shows for the early races like ITV used to then it’s their loss of ratings.
    2) Melbourne opens the championship
    3) Japan penultimate race; Interlagos final race (the only request that’s ever going to come true)
    3) Get rid of Bahrain.
    4) Rotate China and Malaysia
    5) Drop Barcelona and actually make something decent of Valencia.
    6) Donington to be permanent Euro GP, British GP stays at Silverstone
    7) One new race every year, contracted for three years. Whichever race on the calendar receives least attendance over a 3-year period, starting from 2008-2010, gets dropped to make way for the new one next year.
    8) Stop putting rubbish tracks on the calendar

    • Grace Lovvorn said on 21st September 2009, 23:45

      5) Drop Barcelona and actually make something decent of Valencia.

      Get rid of Barcelona for Valencia? At least I can stay awake for Barcelona! Valencia is (and always will be) the ultimate snore-fest.
      Although I do agree with you about TV times. If you’re a die-hard fan, you wouldn’t care if you’re watching a GP at a prime time or not.

  13. steph90 said on 21st September 2009, 21:02

    Montreal…excellent, Brazil closing brilliant. I can overlook Bahrain simply because I’ll have missed F1 so much that when it comes back I won’t care where it is I’ll just be happy it’s on.
    Shame it looks like the bucthered Hockenheim is back. Norschlieffe should be on, just for a one off :P.
    And I’ll say what I always say: change the designer, change the rules for designing tracks and bring back some of the greats.

  14. Bernie Ecclescake said on 21st September 2009, 21:14

    Dear Nik,

    I regret to inform you that your suggestions make far too much sense for me to consider at the present time.

    As you are no doubt aware, although I have an unimaginable amount of money, my greed related illness makes it impossible to consider any sensible suggestions that you may have.

    I will however keep your ideas on file and contact you as soon as I develop even an inkling of any altruistic traits at all – although please be aware that this will not occur at any point throughout my putrid existence.

    Yours in sultana,
    Ecclescake

    • Well played, sir!

    • Grace Lovvorn said on 21st September 2009, 23:50

      Ha ha ha!
      Bernie, I’m sorry, but it’s time we stop putting “exotic” destinations on the map. I won’t even be surprised when you put Antarctica on the calendar. Please, go get some common sense, and maybe grow a foot while you’re at it.
      Thanks!

  15. Juanito said on 21st September 2009, 21:20

    Korean GP? again, money talking!!! and Magny-Cours?? Like Alonso said in 2006, I don’t consider F1 as a sport!!!

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