The 2012 Formula 1 Schedule has been released, tweaked and modified and it’s now clear there will be 20 races this season. The Indian Grand Prix which made its début last season returns for a second instalment. Initially this race was pencilled in for April, but thankfully has been confirmed for a more appropriate 26-28 October slot where it will be the seventeenth race of the season. This came after Indian motor sport federation president Vicky Chandhok lobbied for a change due to the extremely hot temperatures India experiences in April.
Turkish Grand Prix Removed
The only race not returning for the 2012 F1 season is the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. This event has been held since the 2005 season; the first race was won by Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen who had started on the pole. Perhaps the driver most disappointed to see this circuit omitted is Felipe Massa who enters the final year of his contract to drive for Ferrari. In 2006 Massa claimed a rare pole position start and went on to win the race. In 2007 he did the exact same and in his victory interview praised the track and the city. In 2008 he did the unthinkable, winning the pole position and the race for a third consecutive year. In 2009 Jenson Button won the race after starting on the poll and in 2011 Sebastian Vettel did the same. 2010 was the only Turkish Grand Prix where the driver starting in the pole position failed to win; it was won in 2010 by Lewis Hamilton who started second on the grid. Although this circuit has had some great races, attendance has been an issue and with the recent addition of India Grand Prix and a US Grand Prix added for 2012 one circuit had to be dropped; the Turkish Grand Prix ended up the choice.
Bahrain Grand Prix Returns
The Bahrain Grand Prix made history in 2004 when it became the first Formula 1 race held in the Middle East. This event was won by legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher who is famous for his eleven-year run with Ferrari – a run which saw him win 7 World Drivers’ Championships. Held from 2004-2010 there have been 7 total instalments of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Four of those were won by Ferrari and two won by Renault. Interestingly enough, the two won by Renault were won by current Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who won this event three times – 2005 and 2006 with Renault and 2010 with Ferrari. The 2011 event was cancelled due to the 2011 Bahraini Uprising. Exciting for Ferrari as well as Bahraini racing fans, the Bahrain Grand Prix returns to the 2012 schedule 20-22 April where it will be the fourth race of the season.
New US Grand Prix Debuts
There’s been a long history of Formula 1 races in the US but no F1 sponsored race has been held here since 2007. After a four year void, F1 returns this time to a challenging circuit currently under development. The track is called Circuit of the Americas, development began on 31 December, 2010 and is scheduled to be complete by June 2012. While we’ll have to wait see, there are several features about this track that greatly favour Lewis Hamilton and he very well could give dominate 2011 driver Sebastian Vettel a challenge in this one. With this race scheduled 16-18 November 2012 as the nineteenth and second to last race of the season a lot could potentially be on the line should the World Contructors’ or Drivers’ Championship race be a closer one this season.
Full 2012 F1 Schedule
To recap the scheduled changes are the removal of the Turkish Grand Prix and the return of both the Bahrain Grand Prix and the United States Grand Prix. 18 other races from last season return as you can see on the complete schedule listed below.
- Australia (Melbourne) ** 15-18 March 2012 **
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) ** 23-25 March 2012 **
- China (Shanghai) ** 13-15 April 2012 **
- Bahrain (Sakhir) ** 20-22 April 2012 **
- Spain (Catalunya) ** 11-13 May 2012 **
- Monaco (Monte Carlo) ** 24-27 May 2012 **
- Canada (Montreal) ** 08-10 June 2012 **
- Europe (Valencia) ** 22-24 June 2012 **
- Great Britain (Silverstone) ** 06-08 July 2012 **
- Germany (Hockenheim) ** 20-22 July 2012 **
- Hungary (Budapest) ** 27-29 July 2012 **
- Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) ** 31 Aug-02 Sept 2012 **
- Italy (Monza) ** 07-09 September 2012 **
- Singapore (Singapore) ** 21-23 September 2012 **
- Japan (Suzuka) ** 05-07 October 2012 **
- Korea (Yeongam) ** 12-14 October 2012 **
- India (New Delhi) ** 26-28 October 2012 **
- Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina Circuit) ** 02-04 November 2012 **
- United States (Austin) ** 16-18 November 2012 **
- Brazil (Sao Paulo) ** 23-25 November 2012 **
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