Slightly lost amid the World Motor Sports Council hearing about the Renault Crashgate, the FIA announced the 2010 Formula One schedule. As has been rumoured for several months, the Canadian Grand Prix will be on the schedule. Despite being left off the previously released provisional schedule, the South Korean Grand Prix is listed on this version of the 2010 calendar. There will be a total of 19 races in 2010 starting in mid-March and running through to mid-November. The full schedule and analysis after the jump.
- March 14 – Sakhir, Bahrain
- March 28 – Melbourne, Australia
- April 4 – Sepang, Malaysia
- April 18 – Shanghai, China
- May 9 – Barcelona, Spain
- May 23 – Monte Carlo, Monaco
- May 30 – Istanbul, Turkey
- June 13 – Montreal, Canada
- June 27 – Valencia, Spain (European GP)
- July 11 – Donington Park, England
- July 23 – Nurburgring, Germany
- August 1 – Hungaroring, Hungary
- August 29 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- September 12 – Monza, Italy
- September 26 – Marina Bay, Singapore
- October 3 – Suzuka, Japan
- October 17 – Yeongam, South Korea
- October 31 – Yas Marnia, Abu Dhabi
- November 14 – Interlagos, Brazil
The first change to grab you is the new starting race of the season. Bahrain will host the first round as it last did in 2006. On the other end, Brazil goes back to its traditional spot at the end of the season. Valencia moves to June after two years of teams complaining that the weather was too hot in late August. While it hasn’t moved much in the schedule, the Malaysian GP will start an hour earlier after rain and darkness forced an early halt to the 2009 race.
The new Korean International Circuit in the Yeongam County of South Korea will be the host of the new Korean GP. The track will be very new when the F1 circus gets there in October. Funding was just secured for construction of the circuit. Completion of construction is targeted for July 2010. The only problem with the track is that it was designed by Hermann Tilke which means that the racing will be about as exciting as watching paint dry.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will make its return to Formula One in 2010. The track and the Canadian GP are coming off a one-year hiatus from hosting an F1 race. For the last three years, it has hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. While South Korea is likely to be a dull and dreary affair, the Canadian GP is often an exciting and unpredictable race that is always among the best races of the year.