Formula 1 2012 calendar includes US and Bahrain grands prix

Formula 1 bosses approve a 20-race provisional calendar for 2012, including the previously in-doubt Bahrain and US grands prix

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Mark Webber at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Red Bull Racing

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The 2012 US Grand Prix looks set to go ahead after Formula 1 officials announced an unchanged calendar for next season, despite doubts over the Texas race.

The US race, set to take place at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, looked to be in doubt after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone gave officials a deadline of this week to pay the sanctioning fee.

But US Grand Prix officials confirmed on Wednesday that the fee had now been paid. “”Mr Ecclestone received his cheque today,” said Red McCombs, founding partner of Circuit of the Americas. “We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of the AmericasÂ’ staff and Bernie himself.

“Engineering and construction teams working on the track will resume immediately, ensuring completion for the 2012 race date.”

Bahrain is also provisionally included on the 20-race calendar after this year’s Grand Prix was scrapped in February as a result of the civil unrest in the gulf kingdom.

The 2012 calendar was issued by a meeting of the World Council of governing body the FIA in Delhi on Wednesday.

2012 approved provisional F1 calendar

18 March Australia

25 March Malaysia

15 April China

22 April Bahrain

13 May Spain

27 May Monaco

10 June Canada

24 June Europe

8 July Great Britain

22 July Germany

29 July Hungary

2 September Belgium

9 September Italy

23 September Singapore

7 October Japan

14 October Korea

28 October India

4 November Abu Dhabi

18 November United States

25 November Brazil

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