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GP Week : Issue 132
F1 NEWS >> FIA finalises calendar as Turkey dropped For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... NEXT year’s Formula One season will feature 20 grands prix and an unprecedented 7 back-to-backs after the FIA agreed to drop the Turkish Grand Prix from the 2012 schedule on Wednesday. The race at Istanbul had been provisionally placed on the calendar earlier this year, but has now been removed from the calendar after seven years of under-attended races. Compared to the draft calendar that was announced by the FIA in June, only seven races have kept their original dates, those being the Australian, Monaco, Canadian, Belgian, Italian, India and Brazilian Grands Prix. The continuing unrest in Bahrain has prompted a move of the race to late April from its original early-March, season-opening date, with the Australian Grand Prix now assuming the role of season- opener. The Melbourne race will form the first of seven back-to-back races in 2012 with Malaysia, with the other six being China/Bahrain, Germany/Hungary, Belgium/ Italy, Japan/South Korea, India/Abu Dhabi and United States/Brazil, meaning an unprecedented six races in eight weeks to finish the season. Other big moves include the Korean Grand Prix from its previous April date to October and United States from June to November, thereby becoming the penultimate race of the year, to avoid the infamous blazing Texas summer. At 20 races, the 2012 season will be the longest in history. Despite its length and density however, the sport has managed to extend the summer break by a week to take in the entire month of August, giving teams a full four-week break between the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix. Six races in final eight weeks to end a hectic schedule 18 March Australian GP 25 March Malaysian GP 15 April Chinese GP 22 April Bahrain 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 Indian GP 4 November Abu Dhabi GP 18 November US GP 25 November Brazilian GP 13