A German media outlet is reporting that it has a calendar for Formula 1 in 2011. It is not clear where the dates were sourced. There are 20 races and most of them make sense. The new race in India needs to have a two week gap and so it is not twinned with other races, making it necessary to go backwards and forwards to Asia three times – which is expensive and fatiguing for those involved., but the good news is that China and Korea will be twinned at the start of the year. For the record the published dates are as follows: March 13, Bahrain; March 27, Australia; April 3, Malaysia; April 17, China; April 24, Korea; May 15, Spain; May 29, Monaco; June 12, Canada; June 26, Turkey; July 10, Britain; July 24, Germany; July 31, Hungary; August 21, Belgium; August 28, Europe (Valencia); September 11, Italy; September 25, Singapore; October 9, India; October 23 Japan; October 30, Brazil; November 13, Abu Dhabi.
The other points of interest are that Japan and Brazil are back to back, rather than this year’s Brazil-Abu Dhabi double-header, and that Turkey is after Canada. This means that the Istanbul event can be dropped in 2012 and the United States slotted in to that date if the track is ready. Having said that, Texas at the end of June would be extremely hot and it might be wiser to move the race to the end of the year.
In a perfect world, there would be something like an Austin-Mexico double-header in the autumn and a Canada-New York event in June that would be cost-effective in terms of travel and would increase F1’s footprint in the Americas to five races.