The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed that next year’s German Grand Prix will be brought forward by one week to accommodate an additional European race on the 2013 Formula 1 calendar, following the cancellation of the inaugural Grand Prix in New Jersey.
The calendar change – which now sees the race at the Nürburgring moved to July 7 – leaves a three-week gap in which to insert a race that will return the calendar to twenty rounds.
It is almost certain that this will be a race at Turkey, after Bernie Ecclestone recently revealed that he was looking to resurrect the popular – but poorly attended – Grand Prix at Istanbul.
The 2013 calendar now looks like this:
|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|
|07 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|
Additionally, the FIA also confirmed a number of tweaks to next year’s rules, including the abolition of the ‘force majeure’ qualifying rule, which caused controversy when Red Bull Racing unsuccessfully appealed Sebastian Vettel being dumped to the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid when he stopped his car on his in-lap when it ran out of fuel.
The use of DRS in practice and qualifying will now be restricted to the race-specified DRS zones only, amid concerns that its free use created unnecessary safety risks.
Other rules changes include a tightening of the team curfews, which will see the Thursday curfew extended to eight hours (up from its previous six-hour limit) and only two exceptions granted over the entire season, as opposed to the four exceptions previously allowed.
The FIA has also increased the load tests for front wing deflections as concerns over flexible aerodynamic parts continues to rumble, as well as granting teams a small increase in the cars’ minimum weights to compensate for an increase in tyre weights in next year’s Pirelli tyres.
The FIA Technical Working Group has also decreed that it will postpone to 2017 the requirement for all cars to be driven only under electric power in the pit lane.