Turkish Grand Prix loses place on revised 2012 Formula 1 calendar
|By Jonathan Noble||Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 17:19 GMT|
The Turkish Grand Prix has been officially dropped from next year's Formula 1 calendar, after the FIA announced the definitive 20-race schedule on Wednesday.
As AUTOSPORT revealed last month, the Turkish event was taken off the provisional calendar issued by the FIA earlier this year as part of a revised version submitted by Bernie Ecclestone.
Despite discussions between Turkish organisers and Ecclestone no deal could be reached, which means the event will now not be part of the schedule for the first time since 2005.
As part of changes approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in a fax vote, the Bahrain Grand Prix has been moved from its season-opening slot to take place on April 22 - much earlier in the schedule than the teams had expected in the calendar version they were shown recently.
It has been swapped with the Indian GP, which will now move to October 28. Race organisers in Delhi had wanted the event moved back because of the hot weather in April.
The season will start in Australia on March 18, and the final two races will be back-to-back events in the United States and Brazil on November 18 and 25.
2012 Formula 1 calendar
18 March Australian GP 25 March Malaysian GP 15 April Chinese GP 22 April Bahrain GP 13 May Spanish GP 27 May Monaco GP 10 June Canada GP 24 June European GP 8 July British GP 22 July German GP 29 July Hungarian GP 2 September Belgian GP 9 September Italian GP 23 September Singapore GP 7 October Japanese GP 14 October Korean GP 28 October Indian GP 4 November Abu Dhabi GP 18 November US GP 25 November Brazilian GP