2010 Calender

September 4, 2009

EMC, well known manufacturer of F1 wing mirrors (you need to look closely!)

EMC, well known manufacturer of F1 wing mirrors (you need to look closely!)

Last night I gave one of my ‘business lessons from Formula 1’ presentations to a group of highly enthusiastic sales managers from the information technology company EMC. EMC sponsor the Toyota F1 team and the sales director joked that when he told people at parties who he worked for the usual response was – don’t you make wing mirrors for F1 cars?! The audience were from all over Europe and at the end a group of Belgians came over and asked me whether I thought we might loose the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps circuit to more lucrative deals being done in the far and middle east. My answer was that I hoped not, but that Formula One Group’s need to service their debt to CVC Venture Capital (which has been loaned by RBS – so I guess that means you and I) places some fairly heavy financial demands which the old, traditional, non-subsidised circuits are in no position to meet. It also made me reflect on how next years calendar was shaping up.

Autosport is always well informed in these matters, and recently Jonathan Noble and Dieter Rencken posted the draft calendar which is due to be approved by the FIA World Motorsport Council later in the year.

March 14 Bahrain (Sakhir)
March 28 Australia (Melbourne)
April 4 Malaysia (Sepang)
April 25 Turkey (Istanbul)
May 9 Spain (Barcelona)
May 23 Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 6 Canada (Montreal)
June 27 Europe/Mediterranean (Valencia)
July 11 Britain (Donington Park) or Europe (Silverstone)
July 25 Germany (Hockenheim)
August 1 Hungary (Hungaroring)
August 22 Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 5 Italy (Monza)
September 19 Singapore (Singapore)
September 26 China (Shanghai)
October 10 Japan (Suzuka)
October 24 Brazil (Interlagos)
November 7 Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

The calendar follows the long haul sandwich structure that we have this year, with the season starting off with an air freight (as opposed to using trucks) leg in Bahrain, Australia and Malaysia, before moving back to Europe until a rather lonely Canada requires a quick hop across the Atlantic before another European chunk of six races before the final stint of long haul culminating in Abu Dhabi.

The interesting questions are where are S.Korea and India who were both initially planning Grand Prix for 2010, these both now appear to be delayed to 2011 or beyond, but if they do arrive who will be bumped off? It is good to see that the Donnington/Silverstone question is explicitly included suggesting that there will be a Grand Prix in the UK next year. But what of the US Grand Prix? It seems that this, despite FOTA’s desires to have it reinstated, is still off the calendar, but it is interesting to see a three week gap between Canada and the Valencia GP, any chance a US race could be squeezed in here I wonder?

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