• Jul 28th 2007 at 4:23PM
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Several big (albeit anticipated) changes were made to the Formula One calendar for 2008, which was released by the FIA yesterday.

The F1 circus will make two new stops at the new circuit in Singapore and at the Valencia track in Spain, previously used primarily for testing. Singapore will slot in right before the grands prix in China and Japan, and most teams are expected to stay out east for the three-week stretch. Valencia joins Barcelona as the second race in Spain, banking on Fernando Alonso's popularity and following the cuts made to second races in Italy and Germany for this year. The race at the Nurburgring will be labeled the German Grand Prix, while Valencia will pick up the European Grand Prix moniker.

Follow the jump for details about North America and the full provisional 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar.

[Source: GrandPrix.com]

As we already know, there won't be a race in the United States in 2008 as Indianapolis has been cut from the calendar. This could mean trouble for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, as previously transportation costs were spread across the two North American events. We wouldn't think that'd be a major obstacle for several reasons: a) the Canadian Grand Prix existed for many years without a race in the US, b) many American fans could be expected to head up to Montreal for the action in the absence of a home race, and c) Brazil and Australia have unique races on their respective continents and have for years.

The calendar as proposed is as follows:

Australia (March 16),
Malaysia (March 23)
Bahrain (April 6)
Barcelona (April 27)
Turkey (May 11)
Monaco (May 25)
Canada (June 8)
France (June 22)
Britain (July 6)
Germany (July 20)
Hungary (August 3)
Valencia (August 24)
Italy (September 7)
Belgium (September 14)
Singapore (September 28)
China (October 12)
Japan (October 19)
Brazil (November 2)

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm slowly losing hope with the F1 Federation (more like Monarchy, requesting tithes left and right). Not only do they bleed stations for broadcast rights, but then they pull any youtube post for copyright infringement! I really don't understand how they look to push the sport forward without making it readily available. For a sport that prides itself on innovation and technology, they're really phobic about the most important tech tool: the internet.

      I enjoy the races and pre-quals, but as far as the Federation goes... they can go f*ck themselves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Barney, stop talking about lawsuits and pull your head out of your arse.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Is that it? That's all you have to say? Where's the juicy bits about the great $7 million bribe. Yeh right! It's all up your arse. Write for the national Inquirer, why don't you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The valencia race is a street race through the city of Valencia, it's not happening on the track outside Valencia that is used for testing.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yeah, this should be edited in the blog post. The Valencia circuit is the new street circuit and is going to be for the European Grand Prix, while the Spanish GP will still be held in Barcelona.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I'm dropping my support of F1".. lol, I doubt Bernie & co really care!

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        • 8 Years Ago
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      PEOPLE! STOP FREAKING OUT! The Canadian GP is provisional EVERY YEAR because the organizers of the Canadian GP don't pay in advance like the organizers of the other races. There will be a Canadian GP for many years to come, just as there were for many years when there was no USGP.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      F1 is not about for and of elite. F1 is about TV.
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      Don't tell me that asshole wants another 7 millions $ bribe to "save" the Montreal Grand Prix AGAIN...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here we go again!
      Bernie never ceases to amaze me just how big an a$$hole he can become.
      He and the FIA are dooming the future of this motorsport class.
      Thanks to Bernie, the FIA pushing for hybrids and diesel powerplants and changing the specs each year, and the unsportsmanship of team leads (ie Toro Rosso, and theFerrari/Mclaren incident),
      I'm dropping my support of F1. Bernie claims F1 doesn't need America, well the world can do without Bernie and his F1 circus. He has forgotten it's about fan support. Without fans, there would be no money to continue his elitist social club. Thanks to his mentality, the Montreal F1 event has spiraled downhill for years. The park has become so off-limits and spectator unfriendly, and bloody expensive, most regulars no longer care to attend after decades of races.
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        • 8 Years Ago
        Formula 1 is a sport for, and of, the wealthy and elite. That is the fan base that he caters to. He cares not for 9-to-5ers. That's not where the bucks are. And BUCKS is what it's all about. Bernie got more $$ than he deserved from Tony George - and you can see there is still no loyalty there.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      F1 doesn't care about fans really, they get money from governments who simply want exposure for their city or country. Ticket sales don't matter nearly as much as it does in other series or other sports. There are only a few countries where F1 is really successful with fans, like Japan (since they just love F1) and Spain (because of Alonso).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep here we go again .... please City of Montreal, Province of Quebec, and federal government of Canada ... spend lots of money to please Mr. Ecclestone and oh yeah, let's start the threats in another year or two.

      Perhaps the fact that Guy Laliberté's party was moved to the Champ race in Mont-Tremblant is indicative of where this race is going.
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