2012 F1 calendar trimmed to 20 races with Turkey dropped

2012 F1 calendar

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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137 comments on 2012 F1 calendar trimmed to 20 races with Turkey dropped

  1. Going to Texas and gonna watch F1, yea baby. Saw the date and told the wife, I will be in Texas in Nov for the Race. That will by my first F1 Race.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st September 2011, 2:39

    Sad that a wonderful circuit has lost it’s place from the calender.6 back to back races are way too much,I doubt the stress that will be on the teams.What about a 4 weeks holiday?

  3. Valencia is probably the least popular circuit among fans…I think they should have done the alternate race thing with Bahrain and Abu Dhabi….and same with Valencia and Paul Ricard
    I for one cant still get over the potential loss of Spa…

  4. Yeamon said on 1st September 2011, 9:21

    really is sad news, as realistically, Istanbul Park is Tilke’s best circuit, shame it couldn’t have been built somewhere more popular, but really is an awesome circuit

    Nothing but the truth here. Turkey is much better than the likes of Bahrain, China, and Both Spanish tracks. The attendance was just pitiful. Why return to a track that for where almost nobody shows up? Here in the States, relocation of sports franchises happen all the time because of terrible attendance numbers, with a race track though, you can only just axe the event.

  5. Chrizz said on 1st September 2011, 9:24

    I don’t know if somebody has already said this, but I’d rather drop the Bahrain GP instead of the Turkish GP. The Sakhir circuit layout is boring compared to the Istanbul circuit(which has turn 8 and other fast sweepers). Moreover, I don’t think it’s appropriate to race in Bahrain because of this year’s riots. It would be like organizing a barbecue at your neighbours place after his house has been burned down.

  6. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 1st September 2011, 10:56

    Awesome for the fans that we have 6 back to back races, and absolute logistical nightmare for the teams probably.

    One thing that stands out about this calendar is the fact that we have 4 new races next to each other, from Korea through to USA. This could be awful unless the tracks are good.

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 1st September 2011, 11:29

      Well, by the time we get to Korea next year it will be the third GP there and the fourth (I think) at Yas Marina, so they won’t be ‘new’ as such.
      The only new one will be Austin.

      • smifaye (@smifaye) said on 1st September 2011, 12:12

        Yeah new as in how we refer to the new teams. My point was that Abu Dhabi has not delivered, Korea hasn’t yet shown whether it can provide a good race in normal conditions, and then obviously India and USA we haven’t seen.

        • Roald (@roald) said on 1st September 2011, 12:43

          Yet I think Abu Dhabi has the potential to be a nice addition. Just seeing the track on television makes me appreciate the atmosphere. I’d call it a diamond in the rough, seeing as how there’s enough money there to make some changes plus the fact that the people there seem to be willing to make some changes for the good… they proposed some changes to the layout for this year’s race but decided to wait until after this year’s GP. I don’t know, sure there’s better racing circuits on the calendar, but I like those high-profile venues like Abu Dhabi and Singapore, just goes to show how big Formula 1 actually is nowadays. Certainly those tracks are not nearly as bad as Valencia and Bahrein.

  7. themagicofspeed (@) said on 1st September 2011, 11:34

    I expect they may be forced to increase their logistical opeations, like while one set of trucks, cars, equipment etc is packing up at one track, theres a team of guys at the next setting up the garages, etc.

  8. vjanik said on 1st September 2011, 11:41

    so do we know which races will be shown live on the BBC?

  9. spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 1st September 2011, 12:47

    wow. spa NOT on the august bank holiday (uk) weekend. might get to see it live for a change ;-)

  10. Oh dear. In the beggining we just had the introduction of boring circuits. Now, we also have the dropping out of good ones. Oh dear…

  11. You might want to check Race Countdown which counts down on the millisecond to every race event

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