Korean GP now 6 months earlier in 2012 F1 calendar

The official calendar for the 2012 F1 season has been released by the FIA today.

After today’s announcement, the Bahrain Grand Prix will of course show, as it is back as the season opener. One week later is Australia, which is already causing teams to be worried about logistical difficulties.

The Korean GP is now the 5th race of the year, on the 22nd April. The Turkish GP is in 6th, but is “subject to confirmation”, as it currently does not have a contract for the 2012 season.

The highly-anticipated US Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is 10th on the 17th June. It also goes back-to-back with the Canadian GP a week earlier as expected.

This pushes the European season into July. The Indian, Abu Dhabi and Brazilian Grands Prix conclude the season.

The addition of the US makes the 2012 season the longest ever (again), featuring 21 races.

Here is the full list:

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
11/03 Bahrain
18/03 Australia
01/04 Malaysia
08/04 China
22/04 Korea
06/05 Turkey *
20/05 Spain
27/05 Monaco
10/06 Canada
17/06 United States
01/07 Valencia, Spain
15/07 Great Britain
29/07 Germany
05/08 Hungary
02/09 Belgium
09/09 Italy
30/09 Singapore
14/10 Japan
28/10 India
11/11 Abu Dhabi
25/11 Brazil
* Subject to confirmation

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