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Jean Todt calls for 20 races on the 2012 calendar // The potential 21 race calendar for next season is too big

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Jean Todt calls for 20 races on the 2012 calendar
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You’re listening to F1Minute - The 2012 season could be a long one.

Whilst discussions are still ongoing about the shape this season will take, the provisional calendar for 2012 has also been released. In last week’s World Motorsport Council meeting, the FIA confirmed a 21-date calendar for next year, with the only obvious potential for change being Turkey. The Istanbul event features in it’s usual slot but with an asterisk beside it, subject to confirmation.

FIA President Jean Todt has spoken out against the list, though, saying there’s no way there will be that many races next year. He said: “There are 21 dates but the championship will be 20 Grands Prix. We don’t know which one will go, but the championship will be 20 races.”

The expanded calendar for 2012 features Korea in April, much earlier than it’s current position, whilst the returning United States Grand Prix sits in the middle of June. The season would open in Bahrain in mid-March, although the future of that race is still very much up in the air, and close in Brazil, towards the end of November.