The FIA world Motor Sport Council has signed off on the final calendar for next year’s Formula 1 season, which has swelled to a record 20 events with the addition of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Two events require FIA homologation (with India being an obvious nomination given it is making its debut). China’s Shanghai International Circuit’s FIA license has expired, and some upgrades need to be completed at the venue before a new license is issued.
The remaining rounds are listed as scheduled in the original calendar drafted in September.
Bahrain kicks off the season once again in mid-March – although thankfully dumping its dreary ‘endurance loop’ from the circuit layout – and Brazil takes back its traditional season finale slot in late November. Turkey is the opening race on the European section of the calendar, while the Nürburgring takes over hosting duties for the German, continuing its alternation with Hockenheim.
The final 2011 calendar schedule is as follows:
|11-13 March||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain|
|25-27 March||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia|
|8-10 April||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|15-17 April||Shanghai International Circuit, China*|
|6-8 May||Istanbul Park Circuit, Turkey|
|20-22 May||Circuit de Catalunya, Spain|
|26-29 May||Monte Carlo street circuit, Monaco|
|10-12 June||Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada|
|24-26 June||Valencia street circuit, Spain|
|8-10 July||Silverstone, Great Britain|
|22-24 July||Nürburgring, Germany|
|29-31 July||Hungaroring, Hungary|
|26-28 August||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium|
|9-11 September||Autodromo Internazionale di Monza, Italy|
|23-25 September||Marin Bay street circuit, Singapore|
|7-9 October||Suzuka International Circuit, Japan|
|14-16 October||Korea International Circuit, Yeongyam, Korea|
|28-30 October||Jaypee Group Circuit, Dehli, India*|
|11-13 November||Yas Maina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|25-27 November||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
* Subject to FIA homologation of the circuit
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