Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Istanbul, 2011

2012 F1 calendar trimmed to 20 races with Turkey dropped

2012 F1 calendarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Istanbul, 2011
No return to Istanbul for F1 in 2012

A revised 2012 F1 calendar has been revealed today, trimmed back from 21 to 20 races.

The Turkish Grand Prix, which has seen poor attendance since its introduction in 2005, has been dropped.

The Bahrain Grand Prix returns to the calendar having been dropped this year due to the civil unrest in the country. Its race is scheduled to be held on April 22nd, not at the end of the season as was previously suggested.

There are six back-to-back races: Australia and Malaysia, China and Bahrain, Germany and Hungary, Belgium and Italy, Japan and Korea and the season-concluding United States and Brazilian rounds.

Here is the calendar in full:

Round Date Race Circuit
1 March 18th Australian Grand Prix Melbourne
2 March 25th Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
3 April 15th Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
4 April 22nd Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
5 May 13th Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya
6 May 27th Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
7 June 10th Canadian Grand Prix Montreal
8 June 24th European Grand Prix Valencia
9 July 8th British Grand Prix Silverstone
10 July 22nd German Grand Prix Hockenheimring
11 July 29th Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
12 September 2nd Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
13 September 9th Italian Grand Prix Monza
14 September 23rd Singapore Grand Prix Singapore
15 October 7th Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
16 October 14th Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit
17 October 28th Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit
18 November 4th Abu Dhabi Yas Marina
19 November 18th United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas
20 November 25th Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos

With 20 races, the 2012 season will be the longest ever held. The new calendar was unanimously ratified by a fax vote of the FIA World Motor Sports Council.

View the 2012 F1 calendar.

2012 F1 calendar

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