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The FIA release 2011 calendar - 20 races confirmed - The official schedule is revealed with the full twenty events

Published by Christine

Back in September, we pondered the announcement of a 20 race calendar, when the FIA released provisional dates for next year.

I think even the most ardent F1 fan is a little flustered by the idea of a season that begins mid-March and ends at the end of November. The off-season is starting to look very, very small. Yesterday, after a meeting in Paris, the FIA confirmed the dates for 2011, and although there are no changes from the provisional calendar, it bears repeating.

March 13Bahrain
March 27Australia
April 10Malaysia
April 17China * subject to FIA approval
May 8Turkey
May 22Spain
May 29Monaco
June 12Canada
June 26Europe
July 10Britain
July 24Germany
July 31Hungary
August 28Belgium
September 11Italy
September 25Singapore
October 9Japan
October 16Korea
October 30India * subject to FIA approval
November 13Abu Dhabi
November 27Brazil

The only change is the appearance of a star next to the Chinese GP in April. We pondered why this may be, but Manipe F1 went straight to the source to get this quote from the FIA:

The homologation licence for the Shanghai International Circuit has expired and before a new licence can be issued by the FIA some work on the track is required with particular regards to the current drainage system and the quality of the track surface.


Of course, India still has the FIA approval process to go through, in a similar fashion to Korea this year. Well, hopefully in a much more organised fashion, really. It's worth keeping an eye on Karun Chandhok's Twitter account for updates as he seems to be well-informed.

Exactly 1 year to go to the first Indian Grand Prix.... work level has been ramped up massively since monsoons ended so all looks good !

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What are your thoughts on yet another new track? Is the calendar just too big now, or is Bernie doing the right thing by extending it every year? If we fast-forward a decade or so, will the off-season cease to exist?