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Record 21-race season for 2012

Posted: June 4, 2011 in News
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Hamilton celebrates victory at Indianapolis

A record provisional 21-race calendar has been announced by the FIA for 2012, with the United States Grand Prix making a return.

Austin, Texas will become the home of Formula 1 in North America after an eight-year stint in Indianapolis ended in 2007.

Bahrain will once again host the opening Grand Prix of the season – although there is presently more discussion about its rescheduling in 2011 at present.

The season is due to finish, five continents and 20 races later, in Brazil in the last week of November.

Turkey has been included – with a race in March – but since its national government withdrew funding for the race, questions remain over its future.

Full Calendar

BAHRAIN – 11 March

AUSTRALIA – 18 March

MALAYSIA – 1 April

CHINA – 8 April

SOUTH KOREA – 22 April

TURKEY* – 6 May

SPAIN – 20 May

MONACO – 27 May

CANADA – 10 June

UNITED STATES – 17 June

VALENCIA, SPAIN – 1 July

BRITAIN – 15 July

GERMANY – 29 July

HUNGARY – 5 August

BELGIUM – 2 September

ITALY – 9 September

SINGAPORE – 30 September

JAPAN – 14 October

INDIA – 28 October

ABU DHABI – 11 November

BRAZIL – 25 November

* Subject to confirmation

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Austin powers ahead for 2012

Posted: April 5, 2011 in News
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The new racetrack at Austin will be ready to host a race in 2012 according to its owners.

“Right now as it stands, all of our construction milestones are on track,” said Jeff Hahn, the owner of Hahn Texas, a public relations firm hired by F1 promoters in February.  

“It’s an aggressive schedule. We are planning on a June 2012 opening day. A lot of other tracks like this have been built in the same amount of time.” 

Footage released at the end of last week showed significant progress had been made in recent months at the Elroy site and a clear outline can now be seen from above.

“The neat part about the construction site right now is that you can actually see the contours of where the race track is going to be,” said Hahn.

“The difficult story to tell about the site is the scale of this project.

“The track itself is 3.4 miles from a loop standpoint, but the property and how it fills up that space is just astonishing.” 

Locals in Elroy have also noticed the dramatic changes to the site.

“I’d say not more than less than two months ago, there was a whole field of trees, brush and everything, and within the last month it’s completely bare,” said Graham Sonnenberg, owner of The Elroy Café which is located just down the road.

The United States Grand Prix has not appeared on the Formula 1 calendar since Lewis Hamilton won for McLaren in Indianapolis in 2007.

The sport’s reputation in the US was tarnished in 2005 when only six cars competed after when Michelin-supplied teams pulled out. This followed several tyre failures during the weekend, one of which caused Ralf Schumacher to crash his Toyota at the final corner.