2002 provisional calendar announced

THE provisional calendar for the 2002 Formula One World Championship has been released and it is almost unchanged from this year's schedule.

The main change is that the British Grand Prix has traded places with the French Grand Prix, swapping the traditional running order of the events for the first time since 2000's disastrous British race on a waterlogged Easter weekend. This is so that the French Grand Prix does not clash with the soccer World Cup finals in Japan and Korea.

If this calendar is upheld the German Grand Prix will take place a week after the French event and will be followed by the three-week 'summer holiday' before normal order is resumed from Hungary on. Despite the failing interest in America for Formula 1 the Indianapolis event retains its place in the prestigious late-season segment when world championships are, more often than not, decided.

PROVISIONAL 2002 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

RD

EVENT DATE

1.

AUSTRALIAN GP 3 MARCH 2002

2.

MALAYSIAN GP 17 MARCH 2002

3.

BRAZILIAN GP 31 MARCH 2002

4.

SAN MARINO GP 14 APRIL 2002

5.

SPANISH GP 28 APRIL 2002

6.

AUSTRIAN GP 12 MAY 2002

7.

MONACO GP 26 MAY 2002

8.

CANADIAN GP 9 JUNE 2002

9.

EUROPEAN GP 23 JUNE 2002

10.

BRITISH GP 7 JULY 2002

11.

FRENCH GP 21 JULY 2002

12.

GERMAN GP 28 JULY 2002

13.

HUNGARIAN GP 18 AUGUST 2002

14.

BELGIAN GP 1 SEPTEMBER 2002

15.

ITALIAN GP 15 SEPTEMBER 2002

16.

UNITED STATES GP 29 SEPTEMBER 2002

17.

JAPANESE GP 13 OCTOBER 2002

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