If you thought this year's 20-race calendar was already packed, next year's is set to surpass it with a massive 21-race schedule for the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

The tentative calendar approved by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council includes all 20 grands prix from this year (albeit in a modified order) but with the notable inclusion of the United States Grand Prix. As the schedule stands, F1 racing will return to the U.S. for the first time since the last one was held at Indianapolis in 2007.

The gap is not the longest period Americans have gone without hosting an F1 race. Not by a long shot. No F1 race was held in the US between 1992 and 1999, from 1981 to 1988 and, longest of all, from 1917 to 1957 – though much of that period pre-dates the post-war establishment of the contemporary Formula 1 series.

Though the calendar was expanded by the inclusion of the round in Austin, Texas, for June 17 (one week after the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal), it could potentially shrink again if an agreement isn't reached over the Turkish Grand Prix, which is listed with an asterisk on the tentative schedule.

The calendar is bookended by the season opener in Bahrain on March 11 and by the season closer at Interlagos in Brazil on November 25. In between are no fewer than six coupled races that follow one week after another in pairs, including the aforementioned North American rounds, the races in Malaysia and Shanghai, and the grands prix in Spain and Monaco. Follow the jump for the tentative schedule as approved by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council.
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2012 calendar

The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:

11/03 BHR Bahrain
18/03 AUS Australia
01/04 MYS Malaysia
08/04 CHN China
22/04 KOR Korea
06/05 TUR Turkey *
20/05 ESP Spain
27/05 MCO Monaco
10/06 CAN Canada
17/06 USA United States
01/07 ESP Valencia, Spain
15/07 GBR Great Britain
29/07 DEU Germany
05/08 HUN Hungary
02/09 BEL Belgium
09/09 ITA Italy
30/09 SGP Singapore
14/10 JPN Japan
28/10 IND India
11/11 ARE Abu Dhabi
25/11 BRA Brazil
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Crap. That's after the other...other rapture. Hope we make it...again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No we should be alright. The world ends on December 21st, 2012 I believe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Austin, June 17th?! Don't give me that "it's a dry heat" crap. I am a lifelong Texan and between June and August everybody knows the only daytime sporting event's that take place during that time is grilling by the pool. Why not October, April or May? This event is bound to fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      no race in bahrain, they're government is killing their own people who only want freedom. NO RACE IN BAHRAIN!!!!
      Ricky Bobby
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ummm...F1 raced in Detroit from 1981-1988....or is Detroit not in the US?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ricky Bobby
        Apparently not since we're "importing"cars from there now!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont know what I'll have to sell yet to get tickets, but I will be there somehow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for bringing F1 to the States, but Texas is shelling out a lot of money for this while at the same time cutting education and other important programs. Put it somewhere else. Chicago wanted the Olympics so badly, how about building a track for way less money and space and having a huge international sporting event EVERY year? I'm from Connecticut...I'd say put it here, but that would be...silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last year I paid $9000 total in property taxes in Texas. Bring the F1.
        John Hughan
        • 4 Years Ago
        You honestly don't think that the investment will be recouped in revenue from tourism and then all of the planned future uses of the track area? It's not just a racetrack; there are going to be conference halls for businesses, shopping areas, etc. The education cutbacks are unfortunate but this is going to deliver a far larger benefit to a far larger group of people in addition to its obvious entertainment value.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except that the money going into the F1 project is actually raised from sporting events, for sporting events, so if they took the money and put it towards education (which, let's face it, no republican controlled legislature has INCREASED education funding in years, if not decades), it might actually constitute misappropriation of funds.
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        John Hughan
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        Speaking as someone who came grew up in San Francisco and moved to Austin 2 years ago, personally I'll take Austin's healthy and part-hippie culture (at least it's not as rampant or vocal as other places in California) over Dallas/Houston's macho dick-measuring cowboy culture any day of the week.
        John Hughan
        • 4 Years Ago
        As someone who grew up in San Francisco and moved to Austin, I'll take its healthy and partially-hippie culture (not as rampant or vocal as places like Berkeley and Santa Cruz, at least) over Dallas and Houston's macho dick-measuring cowboy culture any day.
        John Hughan
        • 4 Years Ago
        A someone who grew up in San Francisco and moved to Austin a couple years ago, I'll take its healthy and part hippie culture (at least it's not as rampant as Berkeley and Santa Cruz) over Dallas and Houston's macho cowboy mine-is-bigger-than-yours culture any day of the week.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is absolutely the ugliest promotional sign ever. Hope they didn't pay anyone to make that.
      John Johnson
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when and where can I get tickets? I'm totally going to see this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      See you there in June
      • 4 Years Ago
      YES! YES! YES! YES!...
      John Johnson
      • 4 Years Ago
      How soon can I get tickets? I need to go watch this.
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