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Todt under pressure for 20 races next year too



June.07 – The formula 1 governing body [FIA] President Jean Todt has emphasised that the 2012 F1 calendar will sport 20 races, despite a total of 21 having been displaying on Friday’s first draft of the schedule. Presently, this year’s selection of races remains as the United States returns with its new Hermann Tilke-designed Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The declaring of 21 races has been met with mix estimation, with the majority of teams having already stressed than a limit of 20 is apt. Echoing these sentiments, Todt highlights the fact that one race will be removed from the provisional plan.

“Absolutely not,” the Frenchman told Spain’s Diario Sport when asked if the 21-race plan programme will go ahead. “There are 21 dates in place at the moment, but the championship will again consist of 20 Grands Prix. I don’t know which race will be removed yet, but the championship will have 20.”

Common surprise for most on Friday was Turkey, which has been allocated to 6 May after the 2011 event was expected to be Istanbul’s last. In the event of its removal, the calendar will feature a month-long break between Korea and Spain.

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