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Turkey to be axed as Bahrain returns

Friday 29-July-2011 16:59

The Turkish Grand Prix is set to be axed from the 2012 Formula One calendar while the Bahrain GP will return next year.

The FIA originally released a provisional 21-race calendar in June, but following concerns from officials and teams, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone decided to make a few tweaks and the latest edition contains only 20 races.

The Turkish race at Istanbul Park, which has been part of the F1 circus since 2005, was originally pencilled in for May 6 2012, but the latest changes sees it removed from the schedule. The race was a favourite for the teams, but the crowds didn't always turn up and organisers struggled to meet Ecclestone's high price race fees.

"It's a shame to lose any grand prix," Renault team principal Eric Boullier said on Friday. "But we have to deal with some change in Formula One sometimes, and we can only hope we go back there one day."

Other changes to the proposed schedule, which was circulated by Ecclestone at the Hungarian GP, see the Bahrain race back in the mix and the inaugural United States GP in Texas slotting in over the weekend of November 18.

This year's Bahrain GP, which was due to be the season-opener, didn't take place due to the political unrest in the country. Next year's race in the Gulf country will take place on November 4.

Proposed calendar
18 March Australian GP
25 March Malaysian GP
8 April Chinese GP
22 April Indian 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 Abu Dhabi GP
4 November Bahrain GP
18 November US GP
25 November Brazilian GP

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