Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Istanbul, 2011

2012 F1 calendar will not have 21 races, says Todt

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Istanbul, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Istanbul, 2011

Jean Todt has said the 2012 F1 calendar will not have 21 races, contrary to the provisional calendar published by the FIA on Friday.

The addition of the United States Grand Prix to the 20-race schedule planned for 2011 would increase the championship to an unprecedented 21 rounds.

But Todt told Spain’s Diario Sport there would “absolutely not” be 21 races in 2012:

“There are 21 dates, but the championship will be with 20 Grands Prix.

He added he did not know which race would be dropped to cut the calendar down.

However the Turkish Grand Prix was listed as “subject to confirmation” when the calendar was published. Its original seven-year contract with FOM expired this year.

View the 2012 F1 calendar.

2012 F1 calendar

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