Belfast Telegraph

Formula One calender announced

By Ian Parkes

A record 20 grands prix are expected on this season's Formula One calendar, which is stretched to the limits of its endurance.

Twenty races were scheduled last year, however Bahrain was forced to cancel its season-opening event due to political unrest that resulted in the deaths of a number of anti-government protestors.

Although the island kingdom has a date of April 20-22, a stream of sporadic protests continue to cast this year's race in doubt.

The likelihood is that no definitive decision will be made until later this month, potentially even as late as early next month.

Another GP with a question mark currently hanging over it is F1's long-awaited return to the United States.

Towards the end of last year it appeared as if the race in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas would be cancelled due to a contractual dispute.

Thankfully that was resolved, and although construction was halted for a certain period, the belief is it will be ready in August for its November 16-18 date after a five-year absence.

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship

(Race start time 1400 local unless otherwise stated)

Mar 18 - Australia (Melbourne, 1700)

Mar 25 - Malaysia (Sepang, 1600)

Apr 15 - China (Shanghai, 1500)

Apr 22 - Bahrain (Sakhir, 1500)

May 13 - Spain (Barcelona)

May 27 - Monaco (Monte Carlo)

Jun 10 - Canada (Montreal)

Jun 24 - European (Valencia)

Jul 8 - British (Silverstone, 1300)

Jul 22 - German (Hockenheim)

Jul 29 - Hungary (Budapest)

Sep 2 - Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

Sep 9 - Italy (Monza)

Sep 23 - Singapore (2000)

Oct 7 - Japan (Suzuka, 1500)

Oct 14 - Korea (Yeongam, 1500)

Oct 28 - India (Greater Noida, 1500)

Nov 4 - Abu Dhabi (1700)

Nov 18 - United States (Austin, 1300)*

Nov 25 - Brazil (Sao Paulo)

* Subject to FIA approval

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