The Turkish GP looks set to be dropped from the 2012 calendar

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:

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

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.