Next year's German Grand Prix has been brought forward by one week to accommodate an expected return of the Turkish Grand Prix

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:

Date Event Venue
17 MAR AUS Australian Grand Prix Albert Park, Melbourne
24 MAR MAS Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
14 APR CHN Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
21 APR BHR Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
12 MAY ESP Gran Premio de España Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
26 MAY MON Grand Prix de Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
09 JUN CAN Grand Prix du Canada Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
16 JUN EUR Grand Prix of America Port Imperial Street Circuit, Weehawken
30 JUN GBR British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
07 JUL DEU Großer Preis von Deutschland Nürburgring, Nürburg
28 JUL HUN Magyar Nagydíj Hungaroring, Budapest
25 AUG BEL Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps
08 SEP ITA Grand Premio d’Italia Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan
22 SEP SIN Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
06 OCT KOR Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam
13 OCT JPN Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
27 OCT IND Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
03 NOV UAE Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
17 NOV USA United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin
24 NOV BRA 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.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.