2012 F1 calendar revealed with record 21 races

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The 2012 F1 calendar will contain a record 21 races according to the provisional schedule published by the FIA today.

The return of the United States Grand Prix, following a five-year absence, will extend the calendar from this year’s 20 events.

Despite speculation over the future of the race the Turkish Grand Prix remains on the calendar, albeit subject to final confirmation.

The Korean Grand Prix has been moved forward six months from October to April.

Round Event Track Date
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit 11th March
2 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park 18th March
3 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit 1st April
4 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit 8th April
5 Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit 22nd April
6 Turkish Grand Prix* Istanbul Park 6th May
7 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya 20th May
8 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo 27th May
9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 10th June
10 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas 17th June
11 European Grand Prix Valencia Street Circuit 1st July
12 British Grand Prix Silverstone 15th July
13 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring 29th July
14 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring 5th August
15 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 2nd September
16 Italian Grand Prix Monza 9th September
17 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore 30th September
18 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka 14th October
19 Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit 28th October
20 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Island 11th November
21 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos 25th November

2012 F1 calendar

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115 comments on 2012 F1 calendar revealed with record 21 races

  1. Keirdre (@keirdre) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:12


    • Keirdre (@keirdre) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:13

      But not having Korea / China / Japan / Malaysia in the same stint seems madness. F1 is hardly becoming eco-friendly if it’s flying the whole shebang over to the Far East TWICE a year!

      • newnhamlea1 (@newnhamlea1) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:15

        Quite the opposite really, if they were all in one big stint, there would be far mor flights back and forth to pick up spares and upgrades etc. Also costs would sky-rocket, teams would have to hire two different teams for such a long stint away from home.

        • Alfie said on 3rd June 2011, 15:20

          I love the fact that Korea is Fifth, will make for yet another amazing race.

          • Mike said on 4th June 2011, 7:12

            Will it? Half the beauty of the first race was that it wasn’t actually finished!

            Tilke will have finished Tilkalising it and I’m not sure it will have the same charisma.

      • f1geordie said on 3rd June 2011, 16:08

        Well there are two blocks of three Asian races: Malaysia/China/Korea and Singapore/Japan/India so it makes sense really.

      • Spaulding (@spaulding) said on 6th June 2011, 14:25

        Also, the weather in most of europe and N. America makes it prohibative to clump all of the asian races together in one big block as you are going to have to dodge spring snow in March/April or late fall frost/freezing rain in October/November. With asia/S. hemisphere countries, that’s not nearly as big an issue during spring/fall.

    • Electrolite said on 3rd June 2011, 15:23

      Precisely what my comment was going to be :)

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 5th June 2011, 17:48

      11th March – 25th November!
      But I saw Monza is on the second weekend of September as always, so does this mean the summer break is shorter?

  2. mfDB (@mfdb) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:30


    I will be in Austin every summer for the next 10 years!

  3. Toro Stevo said on 3rd June 2011, 15:32

    US GP in June… might be a little bit hot? A quick but non-comprehensive google check shows it would rival the hottest races of the year (although Malaysia is arguably worse with the humidity).

    Still, if the track is half as good as they are telling us, it may be worth it.

    • Even the NASCAR race in April is at night… the F1 race will have plenty HEAT to deal with,but in 2013 they will need to change to a night race.

      • Loetkoe said on 3rd June 2011, 19:58

        Yeah that’d be just great, it’d be on Monday morning for us Europeans then

        • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 3rd June 2011, 22:25

          If they were to do something like that they could well shift it to Saturday night, with practice and qualifying on Thursday and Friday respectively. That could be pretty cool actually.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd June 2011, 23:51

            That would be nice. The Austing sky line would feature nicely in the background as well. Or maybe do something like Abu Dhabi.

          • Loetkoe said on 4th June 2011, 5:53

            It would work if it was somewhere like California but I think in Austin night race it would just be at 2 AM or something.. at least my time, I live in Finland so if you live in UK it’d be nicer for you

          • Mike said on 4th June 2011, 7:21

            I’d want it to stay Sunday Local time… I dunno why… Stubbornness I think.

          • Brian said on 5th June 2011, 19:16

            Or start it at 6:00am local.

  4. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:32

    Melbourne has been moved to an earlier date. Now all they need to do is move the race back to an earlier time.

    • Toro Stevo said on 3rd June 2011, 15:38

      Not going to happen. Why, because god forbid Bernie and the bankers should lose one iota of sponsorship money because a single one of the now 21 annual races is held before a certain time in Europe.

  5. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:34

    Also, the Korea move makes sense. If only they moved Bahrain and Abu Dhabi together… But then maybe people would realise how ridiculous it is having two races so close to each other. That applies to Valencia, too! ;)

  6. Balaurderaa said on 3rd June 2011, 15:34

    Could’ve sworn that Bernie said Austria would be back

    • montreal95 said on 3rd June 2011, 18:06

      no, he just said “why not?”. If he would answer his rhetoric question himself, BE would say that it’s not coming back because there’s 21 races already in 2012, with the Sochi GP coming soon it may be 22.

      They should drop the Valencia bore-fest and put A1 ring instead, but will it happen?

      • Lachie said on 4th June 2011, 3:03

        Austria for Valencia is about the most perfect idea i’ve heard. Give the European GP to a country that isn’t currently hosting one and put it geographically smack bang in the middle of Europe.

        Pity that all makes too much sense.

    • Toro Stevo said on 3rd June 2011, 18:45

      When the 50-100 million squid arrives in the mail, then it will be back.

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:34

    I would think Texas in the middle of June is getting pretty hot, isn’t it?

    And why not have a bit more time between Spain and Monaco, or is that going to be done by doing Barcelona on the 13th when they ultimately drop Turkey?

    • mfDB said on 5th June 2011, 3:08

      Well, Texas is huge….HUGE. Just for comparison, texas is 696,000 sq km and england is 130,000 sq km….

      So the climates are different throughout the state, san antonio or west texas is more like a desert and dry and hot. Austin is sort of central,east and a little more humid with lower temps…

      It’ll be in the 90’s and hot either way, but it’s not the hottest part of Texas…

  8. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:35

    And one last comment, I’m going to have Brazil FP1 and FP2 on my birthday! :D I am pretty sure that is the only time in history there has been an F1 session on my birthday! :)

    • Todfod said on 3rd June 2011, 15:39

      Singapore FP1 and FP2 on my birthday. Although, I must admit crashgate occurred on my birthday as well.

      • Being a January child, a feel Grand Prix has never fallen on my birthday.

        I do however share my birthday with Michael Schumacher, although most of it is mine.

      • Bigbadderboom said on 3rd June 2011, 17:15

        Ah Todfod my B’Day is Singapore FP3 and Quali. Bonus for me!!!!!

      • Elliot Horwood said on 4th June 2011, 0:09

        i was at silverstone in 2008 for my 16th Birthday in the pouring rain watching lewis hamilton lead the MP4-23 to victory by a huge margin :)

    • xivizmath said on 3rd June 2011, 16:24

      Hey nice,

      In my case, Indian GP FP1 and FP2 are about to take place on my birthday.

      Also, seeing Todfod’s comment – what’s with birthdays on fridays in 2012?

    • Hallard said on 3rd June 2011, 16:58

      Italian GP Qualifying falls on mine. In fact, Alain Prost won the italian grand prix for McLaren on the very day I was born.

    • montreal95 said on 3rd June 2011, 18:09

      mine’s on the Valencia GP sunday. One deserves a good afternoon nap on his b-day right? :)

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 3rd June 2011, 22:30

      My birthday usually falls between Spa and Monza. It doesn’t actually fall on a Sunday until 2021, so no races on my birthday anytime soon. Maybe next year I’ll go to Spa and Monza for my birthday and stretch it out to a week long celebration!

  9. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:37

    21 races sounds exciting in theory, but after seeing them all laid out in a provisional calendar like this I can’t help but think that 21 races is a bit much…

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:41

      Agreed. I think they should have stopped at 20. It’s a nice round number and it provides us with plenty of racing. The winter break is getting ever smaller for the teams nowadays, isn’t it?

      • Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:45

        I even think 20 is too many. I’d like to see it back to a 16-18 race calendar personally, with some tracks rotating each year.

        • mia said on 3rd June 2011, 15:55

          Rotation is a bad idea for local circuits. Hard to impress sponsors and make a profit.
          I think 21 is OK but the provisional one is horrible.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd June 2011, 21:32

      I guess Turkey will be dumped anyhow, so that brings us back to 20.

  10. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:38

    still no race on 22nd August but Korea 5th on the calendar is interesting.

  11. Ned Flanders said on 3rd June 2011, 15:42

    Now I love racing, but 21 races is silly. I thought 20 was the accepted limit… if not, when will this expansion end? 25 races? 30?? When money’s involved, Ecclestone won’t think rationally, he’ll just keep the piling the calendar up, regardless of what side effects that may cause

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:15

      I’m worried about how the teams are going to be able to develop cars quick enough for the next season!

      • Bigbadderboom said on 3rd June 2011, 17:19

        I’m more worried about developing cars with Regs up in the air! I don’t think Fer, Mcl, Mer, RBR or group renault lotus or just lotus but not chassis whatever they are called, will struggle but for the new boys Firce india and TR it does tighten the thumb screws somewhat. Perhaps part of Virgins unannounced decision to run a McLaren package from next year.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd June 2011, 21:36

        That does not have to be as big a problem, if the rules stay stable. Like it was in the old days, when teams used their chassis for longer periods, just updated parts.

    • Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 3rd June 2011, 18:32

      He will die soon anyway so maybe we’ll get some change then eh…

    • puquak (@puquak) said on 3rd June 2011, 19:00

      52 would be the absolute limit for me, it would be crazy to have 2 races a week. ;)

  12. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:47

    I think the maximum they could have would be 22 races, and they still get a 4 week winter break so whoever said the winter break is getting smaller is wrong

    • Burnout said on 3rd June 2011, 18:57

      I started watching in 2001 and that year the season ended in mid October and the 2002 season started in March. This time the season will end sometime around early-mid December , but the 2012 season will start once again in March. A 6-7 week winter break (before testing starts in February) is hardly enough for the teams to recoup.

  13. Butler258 said on 3rd June 2011, 15:55

    Bahrain on the 11th and Aus on the 18th?

    Is there time to move all the kit? or have i missed something here.

    • Matt Pepprell said on 3rd June 2011, 18:08

      Last year (2010) Abu Dhabi was one week after the Brazillian Grand Prix. The move is big, but similar to how it was in 2010 and everything was just fine.

      It presents an interesting challenge for the teams

  14. Doance (@doance) said on 3rd June 2011, 15:56

    What happened to quote “20 races is enough”? And Bernie saying they will get rid of one GP they don’t need quote “we don’t need Australia, for example”

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:31

      quote “we don’t need Australia, for example”

      You clearly don’t know Bernie. The costs of the Australian Grand Prix are a major political issue in Victoria. There has been growing public support for the race to be discontinued. Bernie was just employing his standard tactics (also known as “grabbing them by the balls and squeezing”) to get them to stop bickering and start making up their minds.

      • xbx-117 (@xbx-117) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:43

        Haha, that is a great analogy.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd June 2011, 21:33

        Yeah, I guess Turkey is the reserve for either Australia dumping it early. Or Bahrain messing up after all. Or Austin finding out they will not be on time.
        If those go ahead, then Turkey is out.

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:10

    Good call on Korea. It should balance out the flyaway legs a little. And it’s not like they’re going to be under pressure to surface the circuit …

    Anyway, with 21 races, that means there’s a massive 525 championship points on offer.

    • Gnarly Racing (@) said on 3rd June 2011, 19:02

      Surely Lotus can grab at least one of them?

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 3rd June 2011, 22:33

      Yeah, they won’t be surfacing it this year either! I hope we get to see a dry race there, I think it could actually provide some fantastic racing.

    • Woffin said on 4th June 2011, 18:56

      To be a pedantic ****, 525 is the maximum points that one single driver will be able to score in 2011 (provided there are 21 races) but the total number of points on offer from the entire season is actually 2121.

      There’s one for the stats guys.

  16. Klon (@klon) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:33

    21 races during one season. This is just ludicrous. This developement will se single races become more and more meaningless.

  17. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 3rd June 2011, 16:38

    I’m very happy that they’ve moved the Australian GP one week earlier than it was scheduled. This means that there is no longer a clash with the opening round of the Australian Rules season. This is a massive deal, as previously this took up the majority of F1’s media coverage in the lead-up to the weekend. I think this will definitely boost interest and crowd figures.

    However, they have already started selling tickets for the 25th March 2012, so some people who were optimistic with hotel bookings might’ve been caught out.

  18. Icarus said on 3rd June 2011, 16:39

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with 21 races. You really notice the difference between that and say 17-18?

  19. dave said on 3rd June 2011, 16:39

    21 is too many, I wouldn’t mind if we lost the races that have no significant connection to F1 (ie drivers teams from those countries) but the way things are going we’d end up with about 3 races.

  20. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 3rd June 2011, 17:03

    I like what they’ve done with Korea. Plus it looks like no 3-week breaks between any races, apart from the summer break of 4 weeks – unless Turkey goes.

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