A month ago this column suggested Formula 1 Commercial Rights' Holder Bernie Ecclestone faced a challenge in finding sufficient events to construct a 16-race 2010 calendar, let alone fill 18 Sundays.
Since then the FIA's World Motor Sport Council sat in Paris to judge the Renault crash-fix affair, and bolted a brief 'general' session to the meeting. Thereafter international motorsport's supreme body issued a provisional, 19-slot 2010 F1 calendar.
Bernie Ecclestone at the Grand Prix of Singapore © LAT
FOTA, said Howett, was adamant that contesting the three events, each on a different continent, within a three-week window posed major logistics challenges. Returning to Europe from Istanbul after a back-to-back with Monaco would result in teams reaching their bases too late to repack for their flights to Canada.