The Turkish GP looks set to be dropped from the 2012 calendar

It looks as though F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is set to propose further modifications to the 2012 Formula 1 calendar, which would see the Bahrain and United States races moved to the end of the season, and the Turkish Grand Prix dropped from the calendar entirely.

Although we had reported that the FIA had issued – much earlier than usual – a draft version of the 2012 calendar during its most recent meeting of its World Motor Sport Council, it is understood that Ecclestone has proposed some changes to safeguard the Bahrain round and to appease concerns that the original July date for the US race is the hottest time of the year in Texas, the venue for the race.

With Bahrain’s political situation still unclear and many teams reluctant to commit to the event as the opening round on the championship calendar, it is understood that Ecclestone’s primary focus has been on what do to with appeasing all concerned parties.

Sources claim that Ecclestone has now proposed a revised calendar, copies of which he has forwarded to all teams for final sign-off.

It is believed that the proposed amendments would now see the Australian Grand Prix assuming its (rightful) place as the season-opener, with the Malaysian Grand Prix following the week after.

It is also understood that the Indian Grand Prix would move to the fourth round of the championship, while the Korean Grand Prix (originally put around that spot on the calendar) would be delayed to later in the year to occur around the other Far East rounds in Singapore and Japan.

The Bahrain race – originally slated to open the championship – would then be pushed back to November where it would be fitted back-to-back with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The United States race would move to the penultimate slot, scheduled for a week before the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

With the number of races on the calendar capped at twenty, the Turkish Grand Prix (as expected) looks set to be chopped, with rumours continuing that the venue’s negotiations with Ecclestone over new contract terms had stalled.

With this in mind, we believe that the new 2012 season calendar will look something like this:

 

2012 FIA Formula 1 Championship Season Calendar*:

Date Event Venue
18 MAR AUS Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
25 MAR MAS Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
08 APR CHN Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
22 APR IND Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
13 MAY ESP Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
27 MAY MCO Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix Circuit, Monaco
10 JUN CDN Canadian Grand Prix Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
24 JUN EUR European Grand Prix Circuito de Urbano Valencia, Valencia
08 JUL GBR British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, near Towcester
22 JUL DEU German Grand Prix Nurburgring, Eifel
05 AUG HUN Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest
02 SEP BEL Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Francorchamps
09 SEP ITA Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan
23 SEP SGP Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
07 OCT JPN Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Racing Circuit, Suzuka
14 OCT KOR Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam
28 OCT BAH Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
4 NOV UAE Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina
18 NOV USA United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin
25 NOV BRZ Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos

* Educated speculation by Richard’s F1

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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