2012 Formula 1 season opener keeps March 18 slot despite overhaul

The 2012 season will still kick off on March 18 next year, despite the Bahrain Grand Prix being moved to a November date

2012 Formula 1 season opener keeps March 18 slot despite overhaul

As revealed by AUTOSPORT, Formula 1 bosses and teams are working on a revised calendar, quite different to that published by the FIA earlier this year.

As reported yesterday, the season will kick off in Australia rather than in Bahrain in order to give the country more time to clam the political situation down.

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone circulated a calendar among teams in Hungary to get their feedback, and it confirmed the season will still begin on March 18 - the date originally assigned to Bahrain - in Melbourne.

The calendar also confirms the United States Grand Prix at Austin will move to November 18 in order for the race to take place in cooler conditions. The race will be followed by the season finale in Brazil just a week later.

Ecclestone's proposed calendar - which will need to be approved by the FIA - confirms the Turkish Grand Prix will be dropped from next year.

Bernie Ecclestone's proposed calendar:

18 March Australian GP 25 March Malaysian GP 8 April Chinese GP 22 April Indian 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 Abu Dhabi GP 4 November Bahrain GP 18 November US GP 25 November Brazilian GP 
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