The FIA World Motor Sport Council has finally agreed to sign off on next year’s Formula 1 calendar, which has again been capped at a 20-race schedule.
The announcement comes later than usual, after FIA President Jean Todt agreed to delay the final sign-off on the calendar, along with extending the deadline for teams to submit their entries for next year’s Formula 1 championship season.
The 2013 calendar features little in the way of significant difference from the version that was leaked to the media during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.
As expected, the European Grand Prix at Valencia has been dropped from the calendar to make way for the United States’ second Grand Prix at New Jersey, which – along with the races at Korea and Germany – remain subject to final confirmation.
France does not yet have a provisional spot on the calendar while negotiations between Paul Ricard and Formula One Management continue, although there remains a three-week break between the British and German Grands Prix where such an event could logically be slotted.
The final calendar reads as follows:
|17 MAR||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park, Melbourne|
|24 MAR||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur|
|14 APR||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|21 APR||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|12 MAY||Gran Premio de España||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona|
|26 MAY||Grand Prix de Monaco||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|09 JUN||Grand Prix du Canada||Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|16 JUN||Grand Prix of America||Port Imperial Street Circuit, Weehawken|
|30 JUN||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|14 JUL||Großer Preis von Deutschland||Nürburgring, Nürburg|
|28 JUL||Magyar Nagydíj||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|25 AUG||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps|
|08 SEP||Grand Premio d’Italia||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan|
|22 SEP||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|06 OCT||Korean Grand Prix||Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam|
|13 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka|
|27 OCT||Indian Grand Prix||Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida|
|03 NOV||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
|17 NOV||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|24 NOV||Grande Prêmio do Brasil||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
The FIA has also indicated that next year’s technical and sporting rules have already been signed off, while a new Concorde Agreement is expected to be agreed to by the end of this month.