The Singapore main straight, photo by LGEPR

The Singapore main straight, photo by LGEPR

The 2013 provisional Formula One Calendar was released in the run up to the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix with no major surprises and in another unsurprising move the hugely successful Singapore Grand Prix has had a contract extension for 5 more years up to and includeding 2017.


The initial five year deal that bought F1 to Singapore began in 2008 and the sports only true night race has been very popular with fans and drivers: apart from the turn ten chicane which driver’s would like to see replaced and it is understood this may have been discussed in negotiations.


Despite this potential tweak though the layout of the  Singapore Grand Prix is one of Formula One’s best street circuits looking back over the sport’s history: with overtaking oppurtunities and plenty of good racing. There have been a number of hastily put together street curcuits in the past that have failed to put together good races and even Valencia, despite massive investment, failed to deliver what most fans would describe as exciting races, up until 2012, despite this though as anticipated there is no European Grand Prix at Valencia in 2013 though it is likely that it will be back in place of Barcelona in 2014 and that the races will alternate going forwards.


The other big change to the 2013 calendar is the inclusion of a second race in the US, the American Grand Prix in New Jersey scheduled for the weekend after Canada giving a North American double header. Of course the New Jersy race is still not certian with some legal issues and contract issues thought to be outstanding and with a cloak of secrecy over exactly where funding is coming.


Question marks also remain over the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam that is awaiting the conclusion of contract negotiations, the race is proving too expensive for the local government though and if no discount is offered by Bernie Ecclestone the race could be off the calendar.


The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring also is yet to be confirmed as the holding company who own the circuit are in financial difficulties, if the Nurburgring can’t host the 2013 German Grand Prix the Hockenheimring, which alternates with the Nurburgring, have said they are ready to step in.


The complete provisional calendar

March 17th         Australia (Melbourne /Albert Park)
March 24th         Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur /Sepang)
April 14th         China (Shanghai / Shanghai International Circuit)
April 21st         Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 12th           Spain (Barcelona /Circuit de Catalunya)
May 26th           Monaco (Monte Carlo /Circuit de Monaco)
June 9th           Canada (Montreal /Circuits Gilles Villeneuve)
June 16th          America (New Jersey) *
June 30th          Britain (Silverstone)
July 21st          Germany (Nurburgring)*
July 28th          Hungary (Budabest /Hungaroring)
September 1st      Belgium (Spa /Spa Franchorchamps)
September 8th      Italy (Monza )
September 22nd     Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 6th        Japan (Suzuka)
October 13th       Korea (Yeongam) *
October 27th       India (New Delhi/ Buddh International Circuit)
November 3rd       Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 17th      United States (Austin /Circuit of the Americas)
November 24th      Brazil (Sao Paulo /Interlagos)