Brazil will host the season finale next year, the World Motor Sport Council has confirmed today after publishing the calendar for the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship, which includes one extra race.
The calendar for the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship is as follows:
10/07 Great Britain
13/11 Abu Dhabi
* Subject to the homologation of the circuit
Full Throttle Productions, race promoters for the American Grand Prix which will return to the calendar in 2012, have revealed the layout of the brand-new Austin, Texas circuit designed by German Hermann Tilke.
With Tilke being the favoured circuit architect of Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone and with the United States yet to host a Grand Prix since Indianapolis last did so in 2007, the upcoming race in Austin is expected to be staged around the month of June although the issuing of the 2012 calendar remains over a year away.
The anti-clockwise circuit, which features a selection of elevation changes, will contain a steep uphill climb leading to a left-handed hairpin as its first corner before plunging into a selection of curves which will require rapid changes of direction.
Another left-handed hairpin then loops the track back towards the pits, with a long back straight with a downhill gradient being followed by a Hockenheim stadium-like section plus a multiple-apexed, Istanbul Turn 8-esque corner before two more 90-degree left-handers – separated by a short straight – lead competitors back towards the start/finish area.
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The American Grand Prix will be returning to the calendar in 2012 as Austin, Texas hosts what is set to be the country’s first race since 2007. The confirmation comes following much speculation regarding a Grand Prix in the country, with races in New York and its surrounding area having been the main topics.
After plans for a New Jersey street circuit were scrapped just a day after they were revealed, the Upper State New York Monticello circuit put forward a proposal last week although it has now been confirmed that a deal has been signed between Texas and sporting commercial rights holder Formula One Management (FOM).
The contract for Austin – nicknamed ’Silicon Hills’ due to being one of the most prominent regions in the USA for the technology industry – to serve as host city to the event will begin in 2012 and run through to 2021, with the race taking place at a purpose-built venue.
"We are extremely honoured and proud to reach an agreement with the F1 commercial rights holder," said Tavo Hellmund, Managing Partner of race promoter Full Throttle Productions, after confirming the deal with FOM head Bernie Ecclestone.
Silverstone has officially unveiled the brand-new circuit configuration which will play host to this year’s British Grand Prix. The Arena layout, which will involve competitors navigating a new loop between Abbey and Brooklands, will also be used for this year’s MotoGP race, which moves from Donington Park.
With the new section of track having been designed specifically for motorcycle racing, circuit owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) also elected to race Formula 1 on the new section, which will involve the lap time being increased and lap amounts therefore being decreased.
As well as the modified track, the Northamptonshire venue has also constructed a brand-new grandstand on the start/finish straight, overlooking a new run-off area suitable for MotoGP, and raised banking and seating areas at the Maggots/Becketts complex.
Former Renault F1 team chiefs Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds have apologised to motorsport governing body the FIA for their roles in the Singapore 2008 race-fixing scandal, the Paris-based federation has revealed, as it also confirms that peace has now been established amongst the parties in the name of the sport.
With ’Crashgate’ having been associated to the first F1 night race but made public on the run-up to last year’s event in Marina Bay, the scandal rocked the motorsport world and will forever be remembered as one of the worst examples of cheating in sporting history.
The situation involved a pre-determined plot which would result in Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. crashing his car on purpose in order to rush the deployment of the Safety Car and therefore aid team-mate Fernando Alonso’s run to victory.
A Monday statement from the FIA, now headed by Jean Todt as opposed to Max Mosley, reveals that the governing body will review how such incidents are dealt with at the next General Assembly meeting, which is scheduled for the end of this year, in order to ’prevent other misunderstandings’.