• Sep 14, 2010
Is bigger better, or is less more? Chew on that one while the FIA releases the calendar for the 2011 Formula One World Championship. Packed with 20 grands prix, it's the largest the series has ever seen. And it's only going to get bigger.

Starting earlier and ending later than the season currently underway, the 2011 calendar starts in Bahrain next March and ends in Brazil late November, a position which Interlagos regains from Abu Dhabi, which in turn moves to the second-to-last position after two years as the season closer. Near the end of the season in late October will be the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, still subject to homologation of the new circuit. Malaysia and China, Spain and Monaco, Germany and Hungary, and Japan and Korea will each be back-to-back.

Meanwhile, a new, five-year contract was signed at Monza this past weekend to hold a grand prix on the streets of Rome, scene of the Shell commercial pictured above and a Renault F1 roadshow exhibit in 2005. The new race could come as soon as the 2012 season, pending European approval. The race is set to run in addition to – not instead of – the Italian Grand Prix, which will continue to be held at Monza. The last time Italy hosted two grands prix was in 2006, which featured the final running of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

The United States Grand Prix is set to race in Austin, Texas, also in 2012. However, neither the Chinese, Japanese nor Turkish grands prix are currently contracted beyond next season.

[Sources: Autosport, F1-Live]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring Imola back instead-another slow street circuit is not needed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So will each driver get more engines then too. Or will they have to stretch their current allotment over more races?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought I read fewer, and smaller? 4cyl 16-1800cc displacement with turbos and a 5 engine limit?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, tough crowd !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Race season in N.A. is short - even shorter in Canada so if the season gets extended, I have no complaints ..... well other than greedy ecclestone still hanging around F1.
      Vancito
      • 4 Years Ago
      Support Formula 1 in the US, join "Friends of Formula 1 Austin Texas" on Facebook and Linkedin.com
      2012 USGP site pics, local commentary and much more. Lets go racing in 2012!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets hope the Chinese circuit goes away along. The dozen or so fans can travel to Japan to get their F1 kicks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to go to the Rome Grand Prix.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great! I've never watched a racing series thinking "Gosh, I wish there were less events." This ought to help keep the series as a truely global sport rather than an European sport with a few trips outside. Not having an Indian event or a Chinese one past 2011 is a missed opportunity to gain many fans though. Hopefully this will be changed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just do what I do; don't watch it. Or, try enlightening NASCAR fans to other series. Show them the Aussie's V8 Supercar series or Italy's Superstars series and just like that you have a win-win situation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        India is on the schedule for next year. I think there has been problems with attendance at the Chinese race so I would expect it to go away after next year.

        Istanbul is a great track but also has had very poor attendance in recent years so it might also get cut.

        Italy already has a race so I'm hoping they are not going to get a second race at the expense of Suzuka which is my second favorite track in F1 behind Spa.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish there was less NASCAR
        • 4 Years Ago
        New Grand Turismo track... What's not to like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A rome street race would be awesomeeeeee.......for the first 30 minutes. wtf am i gonna watch after that???
      F1 needs more races like the australian gp and montreal gp, street races are nice for qualifying,sights and sounds but i wanna see passing and battles i aleast hope they pick out corners and turns that will give room for some excitment!
        • 4 Years Ago
        listen im not saying its gonna be something i wont watch, unless its bore-ain and abu dhabi. i actually like monaco but its nothing more then a parade which im fine with since most f1 races wont be like that since they aren't street courses. i just hope that when this race plan is layed out they do more for the action on the track then the scenery around it.

        also how is circuit Gilles vilenueve a street course? and yea your right about the Melbourne GP layout i didnt know that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that Australia and Canada are both technically street tracks since they are run on "public" roads.
        I bet you don't like Monaco either. (Although they could easily add some longer straights on top of the hill by the casino)

        Personally, I'd suggest have Bahrain and Abu Dahbi swap back and forth like Nurbergring and Hokenheim do. Drop China, or let them alternate with Korea (the Red Bull test drive didn't seem all that impressive), but definately keep Tukey and its turn 8!
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