The FIA has confirmed the 2012 calendar

Formula 1’s 2012 calendar has been signed off at the meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in New Dehli, effectively addressing prolonged questions over the some of the events on next year’s calendar – most notably Bahrain and the United States.

The published calendar remains as follows:

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
15 APR CHN Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
22 APR BAH Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
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
29 JUL 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 IND Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
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

Despite ongoing concerns over the American race at Austin, it seems to have survived the deadline and it could be assumed that a new agreement has been reached between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and officials from the Circuit of the Americas.

The presence of Bahrain on the F1 calendar is still causing problems for many of the teams, although none are prepared to go on the record and say so.

It’s well-documented that the FIA made a complete hash of supporting the (eventually cancelled) race in the country in 2011, amidst well-publicised violence between the country’s security forces and anti-government protestors, who were inspired by the Arab Spring uprising in other countries in the region.

There are grave fears that a Grand Prix in the island kingdom will become the focal point for continued political protests, with concerns that the opposition will use the event as a platform to highlight the country’s problems.

Ironically, there was more violence on the streets of the country’s capital on the day of the announcement, with some reports describing it as the worst seen since the major troubles in February and March that prompted the cancellation of the 2011 race.

[Image via LAT]

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