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2012 F1 Calendar is tough – Whitmarsh

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Aug.04 – 2012 Formula 1 calendar faces more review following the F1 teams were issued with the latest temporary draft last week. Formula 1 official share holder Bernie Ecclestone offered the 12 teams with a 20-race calendar, with the Turkish GP not scheduled.

New calendar significant modify that included a back-to-back start in Australia and Malaysia, India move-down to April, with a five-week summer break with no race in August. But, there were back-to-back races in Belgium and Italy, Japan and Korea, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, concluding with the United States and Brazil.
Now Bernie Ecclestone has moved to quash any thoughts the teams may have about having any further influence on the timetable.
“It is not the teams who make the calendar, it’s me,” the Briton told the German press agency SID. They cannot come to me now with their proposals. It’s my decision. If someone’s going to do something, it’s going to be me,” he added.
FOTA [Formula One Teams’ Association] chairman and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed further alterations are on the cards.

“The calendar is tough,” said Whitmarsh. But I understand it’s going to change again, so until you have the final one there is no point complaining about the provisional one.”


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