WMSC ratifies 2012 calendar


The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has ratified the calendar submitted last month, with Austin and Bahrain still included.

Meeting in New Delhi, the WSMC rubber stamped the twenty-date calendar - the longest in the sport's history - retaining both the United States Grand Prix in Austin, which has been the subject of intense speculation for some time, and the controversial event in Bahrain.

The thumbs-up for Austin follows Pitpass' report that in an eleventh hour bid, promoters at the Circuit of the Americas have paid the $25m race sanction fee to Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One World Championship company. Indeed, an official statement from the organizers in Austin is expected later today.

As for Bahrain, the decision to retain the race comes just days after a bomb exploded close to the British embassy in Manama and amidst rising tension in the Gulf state.

This year, the FIA was left looking foolish having dithered over the event and relying on its own report into the situation in the country, a report that was widely, and rightly, ridiculed.

Date Race Circuit
18-Mar Australia Melbourne
25-Mar Malaysia Sepang
15-Apr China Shanghai
22-Apr Bahrain Sakhir
13-May Spain Barcelona
27-May Monaco Monaco
10-Jun Canada Montreal
24-Jun Europe Valencia
08-Jul Britain Silverstone
22-Jul Germany Hockenheim
29-Jul Hungary Hungaroring
02-Sep Belgium Spa Francorchamps
09-Sep Italy Monza
23-Sep Singapore Singapore
07-Oct Japan Suzuka
14-Oct Korea Yeongam
28-Oct India New Delhi
04-Nov Abu Dhabi Yas Marina
18-Nov United States Austin
25-Nov Brazil Interlagos

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Published: 07/12/2011
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