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??)

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

  1. Jonesracing82 said on 22nd September 2009, 6:42

    I am from Melb and am sad we rnt starting off the year, everybody loves te 1st GP here as they did the last when it was at adelaide, the Atmosphere is awesome here, new drivers, new cars, it’s the 1st chance we really get to see just who is going to be the team to beat. funny thing is i thought it was in our contract to have the 1st GP?
    stupid thing is our homegrown V8 Supercar series is starting there also, it’s a dull track which produces dull races, just like the other Tilke tracks :(

  2. Starting the season in Bahrain is actually quite a smart move. It’s one of the dullest places to be, and not very thrilling to watch empty grandstands and sand dunes on TV, but add to it the excitement of a new season, and even a procession will seem fantastic. Oh, not to mention the start time for European viewers…

  3. Rikadyn said on 22nd September 2009, 8:10

    There are at least 5 tracks that should be canned on that schedule for proper racing circuits.(Valencia,Singapore,China,Korea and Abu Dhabi(no I will not give them a chance))

    For USGP, there really can only be one track for consideration and that won’t happen cause of lack of amenities(Road America).

    Whoever suggest Atlanta Motorsports park, why would we want another Tilke design, especially when there is Road Atlanta already there.

    Also something I’ve never understood is the contentinent hopping, if anything it should be all the races in certain region grouped together.

    • I quite agree on your comments about canning those tracks. Interestingly, you left out Sepang, which I also consider as the only Tilke track (along with Istambul) which is any good.

      But it’s not that easy to find replacements that meet current safety standards. I’m thinking Algarve, Jerez, Zandvoort, Adelaide, Paul Ricard, and one road course from the US (Laguna, Barber, Sears Point, Road America or Road Atlanta?)

      That makes a total of only 15 races.

  4. Commenting on the calendar itself rather than which circuits are or are not on it, for me the Australian GP makes a great season opener, but I understand because of the start time they wanted for the race they had to wait until after the clocks changed so that is why Bahrain starts the season. At least Brazil has got the season finale back.

    The Barcelona and Valencia GPs seem a bit close together given they are both in Spain, I thought they may of spaced them out a bit more.

  5. For all who said there are 8 / 9 Asian races, please re-do your geography exams of Class 7.

    There are only seven: Bahrain, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Abu Dhabi.

    Also, I don’t get why there is so much opposition to races in Asia. Not just on this post, but some of the previous posts related to this one too. Those opposing these 7 races in Asia, please stop harping about the ‘great old tracks’ and ‘real racing’ and ‘history’.

    Formula 1 might not have a huge following in Korea as of now. But unless Formula 1 goes there, you cannot expect a fan following to develop.
    If you just go to tracks that already have a huge fan base, Formula 1 would never develop outside Europe. Formula One goes outside Europe because it needs to (YES, IT DOES) and not on Bernie’s whims.
    All the automobile giants in the sport have a huge customer base in Asia and Asia being a developing market, it makes much more sense to invest in Asia and increase your presence there.

    So stop whining about the ‘good old days’ and embrace the future. There are seven now, and soon, they would have as many as Europe.

    • People are saying there are 8 races in Asia because they are classing the Turkish GP at Istanbul Park as in Asia. On Wikipedia it says it is to the east of Istanbul which itself is situated on both the European and Asian continents so unless someone with better knowledge of the local geography says otherwise I think it is in Asia.

      I think the one of the reasons why people have issues with races in Asia is because they come at the expense of races at established circuits or in countries with a long motorsport history. If you asked most fans if they would like an extra Grand Prix in a new country they probably wouldn’t mind, but if it was a replacement for a Grand Prix somewhere else which already has its fans then they will be against it.

      If the new teams coming into F1 next year were replacements for the current teams and not additional teams then they too would have a lot of opposition.

      Look at the opposition to the switch of the British Grand Prix to Donington, even if Donington was ready and there weren’t all these concerns about it actually being able to host the race, people would still be against it as they see no reason why it should leave Silverstone.

      • Absolutely agree that issue is not new locations for F1, but loss of F1 in existing markets.

        If you put on the show in Imola or France, the grandstands will be full of throbbing, cheering fan. Put it on in Malaysia or Korea, the grandstands will remain mostly devoid of people. The fanbase simply isn’t there, and while I can’t speak for everyone else, as a European based fan, I can’t afford to go to Malaysia or Korea for a long weekend.

        Yes the ‘global’ caché is very good for F1, but no representation in USA and Africa (Kyalami anyone?) is not logical. Financially Singapore, Japan, China and India make sense. Malaysia and Korea do not.

  6. Miffed like everyone else its not starting at Melbourne, there was always something very special about getting up at stupid o’clock to watch the 1st race of the year.

    • Clare msj said on 22nd September 2009, 10:37

      I like getting up early for the first one too – it makes it more of an event i think.

      Mind you i quite like middle of the night races anyways – means i can actually watch them uninterrupted – usually Mum makes Sunday lunch in the middle of lunchtime races!!

  7. graham228221 said on 22nd September 2009, 10:22

    Great to see that the British GP has been pushed back a month so that the Download Festival can still be held at Donington! It’s nice that Heavy Metal takes priority over 20-odd racing cars ;)

    Let’s hope that the building work is finished next year and the festival can be held in the in-field as usual, as it’s much better than the hill they stuck it on this summer.

  8. Clare msj said on 22nd September 2009, 10:32

    Aaaargh! The Canadian Grand Prix has moved by a week from the first published provisional calendar!! Gona have to get on the phone to the flights people now!! Knew it was a gamble booking based on the provisional calendar but we wanted to book early – theres already limited availability of flights around that time to Montreal! Oh thats not gona be a fun conversation later!

    Am pleased with that calendar generally though – Canada being back is fantastic news – not overly enamoured with South Korea being added (not least cos it influenced the date change for Canada!) after reading thier website a couple of months ago where every fact was grossly inaccurate, and the track looked like nothing special. USA or France could have had that extra slot to get their race back.

    A little bit disappointed that Australia isnt the season opener as well, I wanted to be at Hulkenberg’s first race (cos i am sure he will be there in 2010!) cos i am sad like that lol! Mind you at least we will all be looking forward to Bahrain – I’m convinced thats why Valencia was the first race after the four week break this year – cos after four weeks, any race will look good! :P

    • Clare msj said on 22nd September 2009, 10:35

      Oh yes and Brazil being back as the season finale is great news!! I have a huge thing about new tracks being allowed the opening/closing Grand Prix – they are prestigious spots which i feel should be earned – something which Brazil has most certainly done!

  9. STIGGY said on 10th October 2009, 13:45

    i recon for the french gp , they should use the le mans bugatti circuit

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