Formula 1’s 2012 calendar has been signed off at the meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in New Dehli, effectively addressing prolonged questions over the some of the events on next year’s calendar – most notably Bahrain and the United States.
The published calendar remains as follows:
|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|
Despite ongoing concerns over the American race at Austin, it seems to have survived the deadline and it could be assumed that a new agreement has been reached between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and officials from the Circuit of the Americas.
The presence of Bahrain on the F1 calendar is still causing problems for many of the teams, although none are prepared to go on the record and say so.
It’s well-documented that the FIA made a complete hash of supporting the (eventually cancelled) race in the country in 2011, amidst well-publicised violence between the country’s security forces and anti-government protestors, who were inspired by the Arab Spring uprising in other countries in the region.
There are grave fears that a Grand Prix in the island kingdom will become the focal point for continued political protests, with concerns that the opposition will use the event as a platform to highlight the country’s problems.
Ironically, there was more violence on the streets of the country’s capital on the day of the announcement, with some reports describing it as the worst seen since the major troubles in February and March that prompted the cancellation of the 2011 race.
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