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FIA announces provisional 2009 Formula One calendar

25 Jun 2008
FIA announces provisional 2009 Formula One calendar
Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has released a provisional calendar for the 2009 world championship. The addition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix makes for a 19-round season - one more round than in 2008.

The Australian Grand Prix will kick off proceedings on March 29, followed by Malaysia and Bahrain, before the championship heads to Europe. In a change to the traditional calendar the British Grand Prix will take place before the French race.

In another shift, the Turkish event will revert back to its more traditional August date, following this season’s earlier May slot. The championship will draw to a close in mid November with the inaugural Abu Dhabi race.

2009 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar (provisional)
29 March Australia
5 April Malaysia
19 April Bahrain
10 May Spain
24 May Monaco
7 June Canada
21 June Great Britain
28 June France
12 July Germany
26 July Hungary
9 August Turkey
23 August Europe (Valencia)
6 September Italy
13 September Belgium
27 September Singapore
11 October Japan
18 October China
1 November Brazil
15 November Abu Dhabi
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Eurosport - Wed, 25 Jun 15:48:00 2008

The Formula One season will stretch to 19 races next year with Abu Dhabi making its debut as the final grand prix in mid-November.

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The FIA published the draft calendar, which starts in Australia on March 29 and has one more race than in 2008, after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

The season will start and finish later than it has done for 20 years, with the final round on November 15.

The troubled French Grand Prix retained its slot with a June 28 date but there was still no return for the U.S. Grand Prix, absent this year after eight successive visits to Indianapolis.

Abu Dhabi, with a new harbourside street circuit, will become the second grand prix in the Middle East after Bahrain on a calender that otherwise features the same countries as this year.

The Gulf state will be the only new venue after street circuits in the Spanish city of Valencia and a night-time race in Singapore this year.

Brazil, previously the season finale, will become the penultimate round instead after a Far East swing through Singapore, Japan and China.

No circuit details or start times were given but Suzuka is due to host the Japanese race next year as part of an agreed alternation with Fuji while it is the Nuerburgring's turn to host the German round after Hockenheim this season.

The Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul reverts to its August date after being held in May this year, with Spain again the start of the European season at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

There will be four back-to-back races, starting with Australia and Malaysia.

Formula One has only once before had a 19-round championship, in 2005, but there has been talk of expanding to an upper limit of 20 now that teams do significantly less testing.

India and South Korea are hoping to make their debuts in 2010 while Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone would like to include Russia and the United States.

The French Grand Prix has still to be approved by the general assembly of the French federation (FFSA) at a meeting on Thursday.

Ecclestone said at the French Grand Prix last weekend that the race was likely to stay at Magny-Cours after previously stating that it would be axed.

The FFSA has a contract to run the race until 2011 but Ecclestone is eager to move it from the rural circuit to a track closer to Paris.

Disneyland Paris is a favoured option for the future, with plenty of hotel rooms and easy rail access from Paris and the rest of Europe.
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India would be interesting. They would need to have a much bigger stadium than anything they have now.

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The calendar looks good, too bad no one in USA is stepping up to build a race circuit at the same level with the new ones being built in Middle East. I'm sure they can find a suitable location and it will actually make money!
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