There has been much talk over the last few weeks about some changes to the previously announced draft version of the 2012 Formula 1 calendar, with the word on the street suggesting that the underperforming Turkish Grand Prix would be shelved to cap the season at twenty races.
Well, the FIA has now released its final version of the 2012 calendar confirming that the Istanbul race has been dumped, while also confirming a few race swaps to improve logistics and appease some circuit promoters who were unhappy with the original berths assigned to them.
The changes mean that the Bahrain Grand Prix has been moved to an April date, rather earlier than the original version suggested by the World Motor Sport Council.
Opposition to a return to the politically troubled Bahrain has been relatively quiet in recent months, although much of this could be due to Syria and (more recently) Libya occupying much of the headlines concerning the region.
It has been swapped with the Indian Grand Prix, which will now occur in late October to satisfy circuit bosses who were not keen on staging the race in April, one of the hottest months in the region.
The United States Grand Prix has also been shifted from its summer slot in June – where it was paired with Canada – to become the penultimate round before the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.
2012 FIA Formula 1 Championship Season Calendar:
|18 MAR||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne|
|25 MAR||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur|
|15 APR||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|22 APR||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|13 MAY||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona|
|27 MAY||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco Grand Prix Circuit, Monaco|
|10 JUN||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|24 JUN||European Grand Prix||Circuito de Urbano Valencia, Valencia|
|08 JUL||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, near Towcester|
|22 JUL||German Grand Prix||Nurburgring, Eifel|
|29 JUL||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|02 SEP||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Francorchamps|
|09 SEP||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan|
|23 SEP||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|07 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Circuit, Suzuka|
|14 OCT||Korean Grand Prix||Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam|
|28 OCT||Indian Grand Prix||Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi|
|4 NOV||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina|
|18 NOV||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|25 NOV||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos|
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]