Finalizing the calendar for the Formula 1 World Championship can't be an easy task. Each race organizer has its own demands, as do the teams. The FIA has its say, and so does Formula 1 Management. Logistical considerations need to be taken into account, as well as projected weather conditions. So it strikes us as reasonable enough that the schedule should need to be tweaked and adjusted here and there. Now, after releasing the initial calendar back in June and receiving input in August for changes, the FIA has announced what looks set to be the final calendar for the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship.

So what are we looking at? A jam-packed 20-race calendar, for starters. After its anticipated premier this season, the Indian Grand Prix is slated to return next season. Turkey is back on the calendar (and no longer with a tentative asterix), as is Bahrain which was famously canceled this year due to clashes between protestors and the royal regime there. Finally, the return of the United States Grand Prix is confirmed for November 18, teaming up with the season closer in Brazil the following weekend. Follow the jump to view the full calendar.
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FIA confirms 20-race calendar for 2012
31 Aug 2011

The FIA has released a confirmed calendar for the 2012 season following a fax vote by members of the World Motor Sport Council. The addition of the United States round makes for a 20-race season, which will get underway in Australia on March 18. The season finale will take place in Brazil on November 25.

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
18/03 Australia
25/03 Malaysia
15/04 China
22/04 Bahrain
13/05 Spain
27/05 Monaco
10/06 Canada
24/06 Europe
08/07 Great Britain
22/07 Germany
29/07 Hungary
02/09 Belgium
09/09 Italy
23/09 Singapore
07/10 Japan
14/10 Korea
28/10 India
04/11 Abu Dhabi
18/11 United States
25/11 Brazil


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      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you mean "the tentative asterix next to Turkey has gone, along with Turkey......."
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Yep. It's disappointing too. Turkey has a great circuit. I remember when it debuted so many people said it was "Spa 2" or something similar. Great track, and a real shame. I'd make a comment on the error in the story, but they know what they did.
      Stephen Smalling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Excellent. Can't wait.
      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      So excited. I'll be there all week. Awesome too that it's right before Brazil and could be a decider for the 2012 Championship. Weather will be more tolerable in November than June. And the race track will most definitely be finished.
      sn0man1
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much would tickets be to something like this?
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the FIA retarded? Retarded is shipping your car to other side of the world (Canada June 10) and then back again to Europe...only to have to do it all again to the USA (Nov)...and during hurricane season. Last I saw, it's not unusual for Texas to get smacked by hurricanes. Besides...putting USA as the 2nd to last stop almost guarantee's that the race results will be meaningless since Champions are typically already crowned by then...
        Tim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Are you retarded? First off, the track is about 200 miles inland, and second i can almost guarantee that hurricane season will be over by Nov. 18. Even if it isn't, most hurricanes that late in the year do their magic in the Carribbean or near South America, where the water is much warmer than in the gulf and are the weakest storms of the season.
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        FIA gets crazy when it rains, plus maybe it would be the first F1 race in a full blown hurricane, that would be fun to watch lolol
          Carbon Fibre
          • 3 Years Ago
          @protovici
          We'll see the the cars drastically modifying the hurricane because of its massive spoilers.
        Jamie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        They have to ship everying over for Brazil anyway, so the shipping logistics won't be any worse than they are this year. While it would make more sense to have the three races in the Americas grouped toghether, I'm sure there are scheduling logistics that are preventing that. For starters, you wouldn't want to hold the race in Austin in the summer, due to the heat, and you wouldn't want to hold the race in Montreal in November as it would be too cold. Why should Austin getter a better slot in the schedule than any of the other locations? This is a new venue in a country where F1 isn't even that popular and you expect preferential treatment over locations that have held grand prixs for years and are in countries where F1 is the most popular motorsport?
        Eli
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        That's quite a large collection of incorrect statements you have there. First, the Texas date is only a week before the Brazil season finale - so they're having to pack up everything anyway. Second, it's much more usual for Texas to get heat-related deaths in June (46 from '99 to '04, and plenty more have been in the news lately - too bad the official statistics only go to 2004.) than it is to get a hurricane in November. The last time Texas got a November hurricane was in 1839, nearly two-hundred years ago. The only other one was in 1527. By that statistic, we're due for another November hurricane in 2151. I'll take my chances, thanks - it's much more likely that June in Austin will be over 100F/38C. It can be handled mostly, but it ain't at all pleasant. Novembers in Texas can be downright beautiful. And third, four of the past five championships were determined during the very last race, and the other was on the second-to-last race. If my counting is correct, of 60 championships, 26 of them, nearly half, were determined during the last race.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Are you retarded? They originally had the race set for June...in central Texas. So instead of 100+ degree weather, with no one in the stands, they changed it to November...when it's actually nice to go outside, and have a chance of rain.
          Klinkster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          Poor baby can't handle 100+ weather without an AC bubble around you? Boohoo... Your ignorance of global geography and weather is typical of "most" American's who think that 100F weather is too hot for racing or it's fans? Check out the average temps and humidity levels at many of these race sites. Do you see them complaining in Italy or Singapore? Ahhh...no. If the FIA was so worried about the heat, then perhaps Texas (or the USA) wasn't the smartest place to promote construction of a track and schedule an FIA race. But then Bernie has been making all sorts of repeadedly bone-headed moves lately. I will laugh at the FIA's stupidity the first time a race gets cancelled due to a hurricane.
          Jamie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex
          Very ironic you are being critical of other's knowledge of geography and weather. They aren't complaining in Italy because the temperature doesn't even break 90F in September and they aren't complaining in Singapore because they run the race at night, to avoid the heat.
        Martin Edmonds
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Yes because I'm sure most fans won't be bothered by a heat index of 130.... STFU when you don't know what you're talking about. Especially since I can tell you've never even been to the US itself.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Klinkster, you're an idiot ! FIA does what it wants. You are not Bernie, nor you have ENOUGH understanding how complicated is to arrange something this big, so shut up ! F1 Teams have enough money to ship their cars and teams anywhere they want without a sweat. (mind you they develop their cars and prepare for the next event in their own facility). The weather is NOT an issue, and if there were an hurricane, I dare you to laugh at FIA's stupidity. Hurricanes are mother nature's event, you CANNOT control/ predict. Let me ask you, since you're much brighter than Bernie Ecclestone. Did you laugh at Japan when they got hit by the Tsunami and Earthquake in March and several GT races were canceled?
      BDawg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bummer, was hoping to do a summer 2012 US road trip and end up in Austin for the race, Im guessing the weather everywhere else but Texas will be rubbish that time of year?
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BDawg
        Generally not too bad in the southern states, you go up north though and you'll run into cold and snow most likely.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yep, I'll be there!
        john john
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Time to make hotel reservations.. when can we buy tickets?
      alej469
      • 3 Years Ago
      Turkey is NOT on the calendar. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/14738779.stm
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's an asterisk. Asterix is a comic book character.
      kennwenzel
      • 3 Years Ago
      November is past Hurricane season.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Klinkster, you're an idiot ! FIA does what it wants. You are not Bernie, nor you have ENOUGH understanding how complicated is to arrange something this big, so shut up ! F1 Teams have enough money to ship their cars and teams anywhere they want without a sweat. (mind you they develop their cars and prepare for the next event in their own facility). The weather is NOT an issue, and if there were an hurricane, I dare you to laugh at FIA's stupidity. Hurricanes are mother nature's event, you CANNOT control/ predict. Let me ask you, since you're much brighter than Bernie Ecclestone. Did you laugh at Japan when they got hit by the Tsunami and Earthquake in March and several GT races were canceled?
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