A1 GP Boss Defends Calendar Wait

A1 Grand Prix boss Sheikh Maktoum has promised the series inaugural calendar will be released by the end of May, and denied that the wait for a formal schedule means the series is under threat

A1 GP Boss Defends Calendar Wait

The 'World Cup of Motorsport' has less than five months to go until the only confirmed round at Brands Hatch takes place on September 25.

Maktoum, speaking to Autosport-Atlas.com, said that the calendar has already been arranged.

He said:  "We will be racing on all continents. We have reserved all the tracks but we are just waiting on finalising one track. I've just closed the deal with Dubai but we've had the date booked for six months.

"The only way A1 GP can fail is if there is a total destruction of the cars or World War Four.

"A lot of championships release calendars out but that doesn't mean the commercial deals have been done. Championships that failed never got to the stage we were in March 2004. Before we unveil anything to the public it has already been done."

Maktoum also said that one of the other reasons the calendar hasn't been announced yet was to save money.

He added: "When the calendar is announced, everywhere will get overbooked and overpriced. I won't have a place to stay. We are trying to accommodate as many people as possible, so we have all block booked flights and accommodation for the A1 GP family already. Then we have to think about the teams, operations and journalists."

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