A closer look at the 2011 F1 calendar

A closer look at the 2011 F1 calendar

Formula 1 continues to expand, with more races joining the calendar. But is there room for all of them? Dieter Rencken looks at the situation

In seasons past, Hockenheim traditionally saw the first draft calendar for the following season being bandied about by the commercial rights holder. Last year, though, the first draft was not even discussed until Belgium at end-August, with negotiations dragging on until December – with much to-ing and fro-ing during the intervening months as the CRH struggled to add Korea whilst keeping Germany and others onboard.

Eventually a 19-race schedule was announced, but even as this is written there exists doubts over Korea, with internet reports only last week suggesting that the inaugural race, scheduled for 24 October, could well be off. There have, of course, been positive noises from Korea Auto Valley Operation, promoters of the race in Mokpo, Yeongam County in the south of the country, but then Donington was gushing until it all fell apart...

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