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The 2001 calendar

THE FIA World Motor Sport Council met in Warsaw, Poland, last week and agreed a 17-race schedule for the 2001 FormulaŹ1 World Championship. There are no real surprises with all the same races as this year although the order has been shuffled to make the calendar a little more logical. This had resulted in the Malaysian GP being moved to the middle of March so that teams can go straight from Australia to Kuala Lumpur. There are slight risks in the date as it falls at the end of the Spring monsoon season. The British Grand Prix has been moved back from its disastrous April date and will now take place in the middle of May, which means that the European GP at the Nurburgring can now be held at the end of June when the weather will be much better in the Eifel Mountains. The season will end in Japan on October 14, a week earlier than this year.

The only race which has been nominated provisionally is Silverstone which has to give details to the next World Council of how it intends to avoid the same kind of traffic problems and provide details about compensation for the fans who missed the action this year. In addition the track must make a number of safety changes. If these conditions are not met by the time of the next World Council meeting on October 4 the race will be dropped from the calendar.

The full list of 2001 Grands Prix is as follows:

Provisional 2001 World Championship Calendar

Round 1 Australian GP Melbourne March 4, 2001
Round 2 Malaysian GP Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2001
Round 3 Brazilian GP Sao Paulo April 1, 2001
Round 4 San Marino GP Imola April 15, 2001
Round 5 Spanish GP Barcelona April 29, 2001
Round 6 British GP Silverstone May 13, 2001
Round 7 Monaco GP Monte Carlo May 27, 2001
Round 8 Canadian GP Montreal June 10, 2001
Round 9 European GP Nurburgring June 24, 2001
Round 10 French GP Magny-Cours July 8, 2001
Round 11 Austrian GP Spielberg July 22, 2001
Round 12 German GP Hockenheim August 5, 2001
Round 13 Hungarian GP Hungaroring August 19, 2001
Round 14 Belgium GP Spa September 2, 2001
Round 15 Italian GP Monza September 16, 2001
Round 16 United States GP Indianapolis September 30, 2001
Round 17 Japanese GP Suzuka October 14, 2001

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