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GP Week : Issue 65
A 19-race 2010 F1 Calendar has been announced by the FIA WMSC, but its layout is already causing concern within the F1 paddock. A back-to-back running of the Monaco and Turkish races means that the teams may have to fly their equipment to Istanbul, impacting heavily upon seasonal transportation costs. With Canada tentatively put back on the Calendar and a new race in South Korea also amongst the 19 races, FOTA was set to discuss the new look timetable in Singapore. Bernie Ecclestone meanwhile confirmed at an LG media luncheon in Singapore that the British Grand Prix at Donington was running out of time to ensure its place on the calendar. "Their problem is a financial one, it is them getting the money together. Everything was done and ready, and when this crisis arrived the banks pulled the plug on them," he said. "It [the deadline] was the end of September, but I think we may extend it a bit," he continued. "By two or three days. I think we have given them until October 3." Ecclestone also moved to distance himself from reports a change in venue would see Silverstone host a European Grand Prix. "It's in England? It will be the British GP," he said. "Why would you want to call it the European GP? People talk about the British GP having been at Silverstone for 100 years, so why should we change it?" 14/3 Bahrain 28/3 Australia 04/4 Malaysia 18/4 China 09/5 Spain 23/5 Monaco 30/5 Turkey 13/6 Canada* 27/6 Europe (Valencia) 11/7 Great Britain 25/7 Germany 01/8 Hungary 29/8 Belgium 12/9 Italy 26/9 Singapore 03/10 Japan 17/10 Korea 31/10 Abu Dhabi 14/11 Brazil * Subject to the completion of contract negotiations with Formula One Management. If these are not completed then the Turkish Grand Prix will be moved to 6 June. Calendar controversy THE FIA has told Formula 1 teams that there will be a re-equalisation of engines at the end of 2009, as fears have started to emerge that certain power units now have an unfair advantage over their rivals. Coming as part of the World Motor Sport Council's statement following their meeting to discuss the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix scandal, the FIA decreed that engine output would be reviewed at the end of the season. "Following suggestions that there is a differential between the performance of engines used in Formula 1, the World Motor Sport Council has decided that should this be the case, and should the teams wish to eliminate this performance differential, they may be allowed to do so by reducing the performance of the more powerful engines. However, no engine upgrades will be allowed." It is understood that it is the Mercedes units which will have to be changed the most, as it is believed that the German engines now have the upper hand in race trim. FOTA was set to discuss this and other points at the Singapore Grand Prix. Engines to be re-equalised 8