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FIA announces record 21-race calendar for 2012

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Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has released a confirmed calendar for the 2012 world championship. The addition of the United States Grand Prix makes for a 21-race season - one more round than in 2011 and the longest in F1 history.

Bahrain will start proceedings on March 11, followed by the Australian, Malaysian, Chinese and Korean rounds. The championship then heads to Europe for May’s Turkish race, although the Istanbul Park event remains subject to confirmation. 

The 2012 season will have five lots of back-to-back race weekends. The first race in the United States since 2007 will take place on June 17, a week after the Canadian event. The four other back-to-back pairings are Bahrain/Australia, Malaysia/China, Spain/Monaco and Belgium/Italy.

The 2012 season will draw to a close in Brazil on November 25.

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
11/03 Bahrain
18/03 Australia
01/04 Malaysia
08/04 China
22/04 Korea
06/05 Turkey *
20/05 Spain
27/05 Monaco
10/06 Canada
17/06 United States
01/07 Valencia, Spain
15/07 Great Britain
29/07 Germany
05/08 Hungary
02/09 Belgium
09/09 Italy
30/09 Singapore
14/10 Japan
28/10 India
11/11 Abu Dhabi
25/11 Brazil
* Subject to confirmation


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