Abu Dhabi gets 2010 F1 season finale

It'll be another sunset finale for F1 in Abu Dhabi in 2010

It'll be another sunset finale for F1 in Abu Dhabi in 2010

Abu Dhabi will host the F1 season finale for the second year in a row in 2010 after swapping its place on the calendar with the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The final 2010 F1 calendar revealed today by the FIA sees the last two races switched around and confirms F1 will have 19 races next year.

The Japanese and Korean Grands Prix – rounds 16 and 17 – each move back a week, meaning the Singapore and Japanese rounds are no longer back-to-back.

However the season will still end on the 14th of November, with the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi races on consecutive weekends despite the distance between the two.

Here’s the calendar in full:

Round Dates Race Circuit
1 March 12-14th Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
2 March 26-28th Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Melbourne
3 April 2nd-4th Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
4 April 16-18th Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
5 May 7-9th Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya
6 May 13-16th Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
7 May 28-30th Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park
8 June 11-13th Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 June 25-27th European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit
10 July 9-11th British Grand Prix Silverstone
11 July 23-25th German Grand Prix Hockenheimring
12 July 30th-August 1st Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
13 August 27-29th Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
14 September 10-12th Italian Grand Prix Monza
15 September 24-26th Singapore Grand Prix Singapore
16 October 8-10th Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
17 October 22-24th Korean Grand Prix Jeonnam
18 November 5-7th Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos
19 November 12-14th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Island

What do you think: would you rather see the F1 season finish on the brilliant Interlagos track in front of Brazil’s feverish F1 fans, or at ultra-modern Abu Dhabi with its futuristic Yas Island circuit?

Read more: 2010 F1 calendar

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54 comments on Abu Dhabi gets 2010 F1 season finale

  1. Hallard said on 11th December 2009, 18:50

    I cant understand why the finale would be anywhere other than Interlagos. I dont think Abu Dhabi is that bad of a track, but its not right for the season finale.

  2. Dafizzner said on 11th December 2009, 20:02

    I think the schedule has a nice mixture of modern and classic tracks. I think it keeps it interesting. Its good to have variety amongst the tracks reguardless of the order in which they are used. I enjoy being able watch different looking tracks, from the forests of Europe to the deserts of the middle east. The important thing is that regardless of the track, there are F1 cars on racing on it!

  3. SaloolaS said on 11th December 2009, 20:05

    Interlagos should be the season finale, as it has tradition, fans, everything.

  4. Hammad said on 11th December 2009, 20:23

    This is a bad move… hmm… well, can’t be helped. But I’m pretty sure Interlagos is where the title will be decided.. that’s what it’s been doing since 2005 anyway heh.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys said on 11th December 2009, 21:22

    I don’t have a problem with Abu Dhabi as the final race. It might be nice to close the season out at Brazil, but what are the odds that the title fight will go to the last round, anyway. I can hear the uproar that would have occured if Brazil was the last round, but the championship decided at Abu Dhabi.

  6. My Formula One season guide for next year: okay race, good race, good race, crap race, crap race, good race, good race, good race, bore your eyes out with a spoon, good race, good race, good race, good race, sleeper, the Holy Grail, no idea, good race, Lives of the Rich and Famous.

  7. Mike "the bike" Schumacher said on 11th December 2009, 22:47

    Great shame. If the title decider is in Abu Dabhi, it’ll be a boring race.

  8. José Baudaier said on 11th December 2009, 23:18

    If anything they should replace Interlagos for Suzuka, not Yas Island. Suzuka closed the seasons for so many years, with great style and awesome races. Interlagos did a great job too in the last few seasons, and Yas Island, even though it has a beatiful “environment” it’s not a season ending track, not by a long shot. Well, maybe if the championship is already decided.

    Anyhow, let’s hope that 2011’s calendar has Suzuka and Interlagos in the last 2 dates.

  9. Well I am prepared to accept the trade off with Abu Dhabi as the closer (although I’d much prefer Brazil) just to get Montreal back on the calendar. But I just can’t accept Bahrain at the opener. Melbourne is the traditional start of the season, and that is the way it should be for ever more, IMO.

  10. mualup said on 12th December 2009, 3:06

    such a shame! The podium winners would be spraying some dumb fizzy drink rather than champaign at the season finale.

  11. im excited about the canadian GP and the new korean track.

  12. Some people have very short memories. Interlagos has only been hosting races towards the end of the season since 2004. Before that, it was one of the first races of the year.

    Having the start and the end of the season in the Gulf makes sense as that part of the world is the hub for most of the world’s aviation anyway!

  13. rampante said on 12th December 2009, 17:05

    Well said Red Andy, for all of us “older” fans Brazil was always the 1st or 2nd race and it always ended in Australia. Brazil season endings have been few and far between. I am a big fan of Interlagos but many people here have very short memories. Drivers hated the cirucit and it had to be resurfaced every year for 8 years till anyone was happy to drive on it.

  14. Icthyes said on 12th December 2009, 22:44

    May until we get to Europe?

    This calendar smacks of interest over common sense. Luckily it probably won’t change anything for the worse, but it’s a niggly annoyance.

  15. Bentschke said on 3rd February 2010, 21:49

    I think that Bahrain deserves the initial GP – especially over Melbourne. Living in Australia and having our home GP (Adelaide) stolen by a neighbouring city – only for them to have to hand out heaps of free tickets to schools etc. just to make it look like people are showing up! They get no one to the track – yet Adelaide was always a sell-out + a much much better circuit. Maybe they should start the season at Abu Dhabi – then you have night races at the start + end of the season.

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