FIA confirms 2013 calendar cut to 19 races

2013 F1 season

Start, Valencia, 2012With one week to go to the start of the new Formula One season the FIA has finally confirmed this year’s schedule.

The 2013 F1 calendar will have 19 rounds instead of the 20 previously announced in September.

Plans for an additional race in Europe on July 21st have been scrapped after a host could not be found.

The sport’s governing body added that discussions over the new Concorde Agreement are still ongoing and will be “concluded in the near future”. A settlement on the commercial agreement which governs F1 was originally due to be reached last October.

Here is the final calendar for 2013:

Round Race Circuit Date Forum
1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 15 – 17 Forum
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit March 22 – 24 Forum
3 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit April 12 – 14 Forum
4 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit April 19 – 21 Forum
5 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya May 10 – 12 Forum
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo May 23 – 26 Forum
7 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 7 – 9 Forum
8 British Grand Prix Silverstone June 28 – 30 Forum
9 German Grand Prix Nurburgring July 5 – 7 Forum
10 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 26 – 28 Forum
11 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps August 23 – 25 Forum
12 Italian Grand Prix Monza September 6 – 8 Forum
13 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore September 20 – 22 Forum
14 Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit October 4 – 6 Forum
15 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka October 11 – 13 Forum
16 Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit October 25 – 27 Forum
17 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 1 – 3 Forum
18 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas November 15 – 17 Forum
19 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 22 – 24 Forum

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44 comments on FIA confirms 2013 calendar cut to 19 races

  1. matt90 (@matt90) said on 8th March 2013, 15:47

    So well done BBC, who apparently will be showing less than half the races this year (as they picked a TBC one)?

  2. Jason (@jmwalley) said on 8th March 2013, 15:57

    I forget why Valencia was dropped.

  3. Rayn said on 8th March 2013, 16:12

    So the US Grand Prix is at Circuit of the Americas again and not in Weehauken, NJ or is that a tentative scheduling because Weehauken may not be ready?

  4. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 8th March 2013, 16:27

    So Nurburgring is confirmed as host of the German GP?

  5. Mooph (@mooph) said on 8th March 2013, 16:53

    Disapointing news especially as it means there is one less race for me to watch live this year,
    I wonder which is more likely, that there was not a single race track which is accredited to host an F1 race which was available on the specified weekend, or there was not one who would meet the fees which were being charged for the pleasure of hosting? think i know which of those two options is most likely.
    So how does this work out for Bernie, would he have paid the teams on the basis of 20 races and is thus out of pocket, he must make less money than he planned so surely it was more in his interest to get a race on than not?

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th March 2013, 18:52

      The teams get a share (+- 50%) of FOM profit divided up according to success and whatever bonus Bernie has promised them not to make waves (see “Marussia article) so an extra race would mean a little extra “prize”money for the teams but Bernie/FOM lose as much as all the teams combined for each missed race which is why Bernie wants 24 races.

  6. Giggsy11 (@giggsy11) said on 8th March 2013, 17:21

    So the changes for last year… The European GP has been taken out, the Korean and Japanese GP’s have switched their positions in the Calender and The German GP is in Nurburgring.

  7. Suave (@suave) said on 8th March 2013, 17:25

    So there’s talks of potentially being 22 races in the future. Yet, when one venue drops of the preliminary calendar there is a hard timing filling the slot.

  8. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 8th March 2013, 17:28

    “Plans for an additional race in Europe on July 21st have been scrapped after a sucker to rip off could not be found”

    There, fixed.

  9. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 8th March 2013, 18:19

    Doesn’t make a huge difference in my opinion. I think 19 races is still quiet a lot considering how spoiled we’ve been getting in recent years in regards to the number of Grand Prix per season.

  10. Raid (@raid) said on 8th March 2013, 18:28

    So that’s a six week period with just the Hungaroring to keep us going. That period between Germany and Belgium is going to be torture.

  11. HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th March 2013, 19:02

    Montreal in June, Texas in November, this must be close to a zero gain solution, obviously the promoters don’t want to pay a huge fee if half of the ticket buyers might choose 1 or the other if they were only 1-2 weeks apart, but how much does it cost to fly the whole circus across the Atlantic and back again, and how many overseas fans might go to both if they were only a week apart?
    Giving the promoters a discount equal to the trans Atlantic costs might be in everyones best interest.

  12. Brace (@brace) said on 8th March 2013, 19:08

    Too many 3-week breaks.

  13. James (@jamesf1) said on 8th March 2013, 23:17

    Well that three week break between Germany and Hungary is gonna suck, but I hope the teams will be given a little bit of down time there as a little reward. I know it’s unlikely given they’ll have two weeks guarenteed off after Hungary and before Belgium, but still…

  14. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th March 2013, 0:07

    Given the way North Korea has been behaving over the past few weeks, we might end up with sixteen races in 2013 – China, Korea and Japan could all be cancelled if the North makes good on its threat to attack. It’s one thing to hold a race in the midst of a civil uprising; it’s another thing entirely to hold races in an active war zone.

    • William (@william) said on 9th March 2013, 0:24

      I doubt it because they have all got good racing at times and it needs to be 17 with a few extras if teams agree to it if I am correct? I hear nothing about China on the news except pollution. Don’t drop any races Bernie as it will just make it worse if they went to Bahrain last year so they can go to Korea

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th March 2013, 4:29

        @william – You are correct in saying that there must be a minimum of seventeen races, but if North Korea keeps going the way that they have been for the past few weeks, we’re going to be faced with some pretty extreme circumstances.

        Right now, Pyongyang has been issuing some of their most aggressive rhetoric in recent years, claiming that if the Americans and the South press on with military drills scheduled for next week, it will be interpreted as an act of war. They’ve torn up long-standing non-aggression pacts that they made with the South, and there are reports that they have been camouflaging buses and trains in the capital. Now that they have nuclear weapons – even if they lack the means to deliver them effectively – it makes for a pretty serious situation. And what makes North Korea so scary is that they are so unpredictable. Very little is known about Kim Jong-un, and he may just be crazy enough to think that if he attacks America, the South, or both, then he will win. In the worst-case scenario, the may just bomb an innocent city (like Shanghai or Tokyo) if the Americans were to strike against Pyongyang.

        Meanwhile, China have voted in favour of the latest round of UN sanctions. Traditionally, they have abstained from voting because they are pretty much the only country that the North will respond to. They abstain from voting (they can’t vote against sanctions because they have veto rights, which would stop the sanctions from going ahead), which they then use to approach the North and say “look, we didn’t vote for the sanctions, so you can trust us”. But this time, they’ve voted in favour of them.

        Don’t drop any races Bernie as it will just make it worse if they went to Bahrain last year so they can go to Korea

        Actually, it won’t make it worse. Because the two situations are not comparable. Bahrain was a series of violent crackdowns on the population, which is bad enough – but if the North start a war (and by all accounts, they’ve getting ready for one), it will make the situation in Bahrain look like nothing more than a playground bully picking on the younger kids. The North has nuclear, biological and chemical weapons at their disposal, and they may be willing to use them against the South, America, Japan, China and anyone who they think is standing in their way. It’s different by a whole order of magnitude.

        • William (@william) said on 9th March 2013, 5:40

          @prisoner-monkeys
          All drivers has praised China, Korea and Japan as they all like going to those circuits so I doubt that drivers will boycott the races as they were going to do it for Bahrain but they ended up not doing it as the FIA said it was given the green light to race. Officials saying that they will have it all under control for this year. I am sure it wont be a disaster prior to those GPs

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th March 2013, 6:21

            @william – I’m not talking about drivers boycotting China, Korea or Japan. I’m talking about Bernie and/or the FIA possibly being forced to cancel those races if North Korea starts a war.

  15. William (@william) said on 9th March 2013, 6:37

    N Korea wont start a war its only against S Korea who they normally aim at and I think Yeongam is far way from the war zone area just like China and Japan is. Bernie demanded Bahrain to happen and so it did and this should go ahead as well well that’s IMO. Lets wait and see what happens

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