It started with the second grand prix to be contracted by Formula One Management, namely Bahrain's 2004 race, and has continued ever since: fixtures staring cancellation in the face; in some instances, such as New Jersey's stillborn round, being canned even before the inaugural event.
Others, like Korea and India, joined Bahrain in staring cancellation in the face until the very last minute due to construction/organisational hiccups, with both (plus Valencia's torpid street grind and Turkey) now off the schedule indeterminately.
Even Malaysia stood in dire danger until weeks before its first race in October 1999, but that was overlooked at the time due to the impact on the championship of Michael Schumacher's Silverstone crash and the elevation of Ferrari team-mate Eddie Irvine to title challenger.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken