Monday, 6 June 2011

Date of 2012 US Grand Prix might change due to weather issues – Formula 1 news

It is expected that the date of the 2012 US Grand Prix, June 17, might be changed since the temperature in the state during the month is unbearably hot.

The 2012 Formula 1 Calendar was recently revealed by International Automobile Federation (FIA) and as expected, it included the US Grand Prix. However, hours after this decision, questions were raised about holding the US race and its timings.

The race is going to be held at the newly built track in Austin, Texas as the US Grand Prix rather than the circuit in Indianapolis where the Formula 1 race took place for years. The media pointed out that the temperature in Austin on June 17, 2009 was around 38°C.

“This is the proposed date. The date won't be final until the September or December meeting. A fall date is, therefore, possible, which would possibly offer cooler weather,” said Nick Craw, president of the FIA senate.

He added that a later date would be proposed by Tavo Hellmund who is the US Grand Prix promoter. Since the CEO of Formula 1 Management Bernie Ecclestone has played a major role in successfully executing this idea, it is believed that he would also have some major influence in this decision.

The US race is believed to take place a week after the Canadian Grand Prix as these are the only two North American races which are a part of the Formula 1 calendar.

Other than that, the 2012 Formula 1 season is expected to hold 21 races which was quite a surprise as most of the teams have been criticising the FIA for increasing the number of races with each year. Some of them even stated that 20 races should be the limit every year.

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