FIA Ratifies Monaco Date Change, Adds More Caveats to 2010 F1 Calendar


What Happens When Lots of Changes Could Happen

11:12am EST — The FIA Wednesday ratified the previously proposed change to the 2010 Formula1 calendar by moving the date of the Monaco GP forward one week to May 16.  However, the newly released calendar (which will not be the final calendar, to be adopted during the WMSC meeting in December) provides more and less information about the order and number of grands prix for the 2010 season.

2010 FIA Formula One World Championship:

March 14 BRN Bahrain
March 28 AUS Australia
April 4 MAL Malaysia
April 18 CN China
May 9 E Spain
May 16 MC Monaco
May 30 TR Turkey
June 13 CDN Canada**
June 27 E Europe (Valencia)
July 11 GB Great Britain*
July 25 D Germany
August 1 H Hungary
August 29 B Belgium
Sept. 12 I Italy
Sept. 26 SGP Singapore
October 3 J Japan
October 17 ROK Korea*
Oct. 31† UAE Abu Dhabi*
Nov. 14† BR Brazil

*Subject to the homologation of the circuit.
**Subject to the completion of contract negotiations with Formula One Management.
†The FIA has approved in principle a proposal to swap the dates of the Abu Dhabi and Brazil grands prix, pending agreement with the promoters of both events.

Also interesting information is the possibility that yet again the F1 season will end with Abu Dhabi, as it will this season, and not Brazil, as it has in the recent past.  Also, as yet, under scrutiny are the circuits in England, Korea, and Abu Dhabi.  The last is the oddest of the bunch, as F1 is scheduled to race there next weekend, and the track recently underwent final analysis and a media exposition between the Japanese GP and the Brazilian round just two weeks ago.  If its allowance into the 2010 calendar is subject to homologation of the circuit, why is the final round of the 2009 season about to be run there?  Finally, both sides of the negotiations regarding Donington Park and its place as the British GP in 2010 have claimed that only the contract negotiations stand in the way.  Now, the FIA has published that the circuit itself might not be ready.  This could be yet another indication that Silverstone has another chance at hosting the British GP.

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