The teams and fans have the opportunity to see how the 2010 F1 calendar may possibly look. The draft circulating during Belgian GP weekend reveals several changes.
The 2010 season may kick off in Bahrain instead of the usual Melbourne curtain raiser. Bernie obviously wants to run the Australian GP as a twilight race again with 5pm start. To avoid finishing in the dark the race will have to wait till the daylight saving kicks in in Australia. If the season is to start in mid March, it has to start somewhere else …
The Bahrain opener would be followed 2 weeks later by back to back races in Melbourne and Sepang. Then there come the other changes – Turkey gets the slot in April (instead of June this year) and Chinese GP is sent back to its traditional autumn date.
Spanish GP keeps its usual date as of course does Monaco. The major development is the F1 return to North America with Canadian GP on June 6th. However nothing is set in stone yet …
The Valencia race is scheduled for June 27 instead of the late August date. The reason behind this shift is to avoid the holiday season and attract more local fans to the grandstands. It however seems to be a bit too soon after Barcelona race. Only six weeks would separate two F1 races in Spain. Whether the race would be called European or Mediterranean GP depends on the venue of the F1 GP in UK. If Donington fails to meet the September deadlines F1 may return to Silverstone in 2010 as European GP.
Then come the back to back races in Germany (Hockenheim) and Hungary followed by three weeks summer holiday. As usual Belgium and Italy would mark the end of the European season.
F1 would return to Asia again with Singapore, China and Japan (Suzuka). Singapore and China are planned as back to back races at the moment.
The rest of the season is set to look the same as this year – Brazilian GP and early November the season finale in Abu Dhabi (although a week later than in 2009).
Here is how the 2010 F1 calendar might look:
March 14 – Bahrain
March 28 – Australia
April 4 – Malaysia
April 25 – Turkey
May 9 – Spain
May 23 – Monaco
June 6 – Canada
June 27 – Valencia (Europe or Mediterranean)
July 11 – Donington (Britain) or Silverstone (Europe)
July 25 – Germany (Hockenheim)
August 1 – Hungary
August 22 – Belgium
September 5 – Italy
September 19 – Singapore
September 26 – China
October 10 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 24 – Brazil
November 7 – Abu Dhabi
What I am missing somewhere here is the Korean GP that has been planned for 2010. Few months ago the organizers even revealed the logo of the 2010 Korean GP.
It is interesting that no word came out neither from Korea nor from Bernie Ecclestone. What happened ? Has it been postponed or ditched or simply omitted or what ?
The official Korean GP site seems to be still alive and kicking with latest updates as late as August 2009. And the contents somehow suggests that 2010 race is still on … (the site is only in Korean so help of Google translation is required)