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Turkey axed from 2012 F1 calendar- 1 Sep 2011 00:00:00

The Turkish Grand Prix has been dropped from the revised 2012 Formula One calendar – published by the sport’s governing body, the FIA.

The Istanbul race was listed in the provisional 21-race draft calendar issued in June.

Turkey has hosted a Grand Prix since 2005, but attendances have been poor.

Bahrain will return to the calendar next year after being dropped for the current season following civil unrest in the country.

The season will again open with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 18th March, with the Malaysian Grand Prix a week later, on 25th March. 

China and Bahrain are also paired on back-to-back weekends in the second half of April.



South Korea moves back to October to pair up with Japan while the new US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas moves from the heat of June to a cooler 18th November.



The race in Austin will be followed by the season-finale in Brazil on 25th November.



There will be no Formula One during August, with only the Hungarian Grand Prix on 29th July overlapping with the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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