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Yet another provisional 2009 calendar // An updated Formula One calendar for next season, from the FIA

Published by Christine

This article was originally written for BellaOnline, but is republished here for posterity.

The World Motorsport Council met in Paris this week to discuss various topics, one of which was the latest version of the provisional 2009 calendar. The calendar has been tweaked several times already, since the first version was introduced, but this one had to incorporate the loss of France.

A few weeks ago, the French motorsport organisation pulled out of Formula 1, saying they did not have funding to host an event in 2009. They were looking into funding and hoping to be able to return with a long-term plan in the future.

Therefore, it's no surprise to see that the French Grand Prix is no longer on the calendar, but it is disappointing to find that the Canadian race has not been reinstated. After meetings between Bernie Ecclestone and the mayor of Montreal, things were looking particularly hopeful. The mayor said he and Bernie now understood each other and he would be looking to raise the investment needed to participate. Clearly this hasn't happened yet, as they are missing off the list. However, it is still a provisional calendar, so there is still hope. I would have to say it seems unlikely we'll see their return for 2009 though.

There are other changes to note as well. The Chinese Grand Prix has moved from it's position as the third to last race, right up to the third race of the season. That's quite a change for them and means they're running races much closer together, without the benefit of a long break in between. This pushes the Bahrain event back a week, and brings forward the last two races. This means the season ends at the beginning of November, instead of running through the month.

Lastly, there is almost an entire month gap between Hungary and Valencia, which I just know is going to be an interminable length of time.

Here is the updated version of the provisional 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

29th MarAustralia
5th AprMalaysia
19th AprChina
26th AprBahrain
10th MaySpain
24th MayMonaco
7th JunTurkey
21st JunGreat Britain
12th JulyGermany
26th JulyHungary
23rd AugEurope (Valencia)
30th AugBelgium
13th SepItaly
27th SepSingapore
4th OctJapan
18th OctBrazil
1st NovAbu Dhabi