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The 2012 Formula One calendar may not be cast in stone just yet as teams are seeking clarification over the number of 'flyaway' races.

Under the Concorde Agreement teams have to give approval to a calendar if it contains more than 17 races and if more than half of these events take place outside Europe and the United States. However, the ratified list released by World Motor Sport Council in August consists of 20 races with 11 of them classified as 'flyaways'.

According to Autosport, the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has written to both F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA President Jean Todt in the belief the calendar was drawn up without the Concorde Agreement procedure having been followed.

FOTA vice-chairman Eric Boullier confirmed that the teams have several queries over the 'flyaways'.

The backend of the season from September 23 to November 25 consists of visits to Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, Abu Dhabi, the US and Brazil.

"There is a process for the validation of the calendar, especially with more flyaways, and we will be involved in this because there is a cost issue," Boullier explained to Autosport. "There are different proposals at the moment, but it is not so easy to move one date."

Ecclestone rejected the teams' concerns, saying. "They don't have to go if they don't want to," he said.

When questioned about claims that they didn't follow the right procedure, the 80-year-old replied: "Then they should go to the police. They are lucky we have got races. Otherwise they would all go out of business."
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