F1 releases 2011 schedule

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PARIS -- Formula One's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), announced the 2011 schedule on Wednesday. The addition of the Indian Grand Prix will make for a 20-race season, which is the longest calendar in F1 history.

For the second year in a row, the Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off the F1 season on March 13. The inaugural Indian GP, which is subject to the homologation of the circuit, is scheduled for October 30. The season will conclude with the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27.

F1 will end its season in Brazil for the first time since 2008. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had been slated as the season finale in 2009 and '10.

Furthermore, the FIA revealed it will keep the F1 entry list at 12 teams for the 2011 and '12. The sanctioning body decided that none of the those bidding for a 13th entry next season met the necessary requirements.

The FIA said in a statement "a number of interested parties expressed their interest. It was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the championship."

The 2011 Formula One world championship race schedule:

Date Event (Location)

March 13 Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)

March 27 Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)

April 10 Malaysian Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur)

April 17 Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)

May 8 Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul)

May 22 Spanish Grand Prix (Catalunya)

May 29 Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)

June 12 Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)

June 26 European Grand Prix (Valencia)

July 10 British Grand Prix (Silverstone)

July 24 German Grand Prix (Nurburgring)

July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)

August 28 Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps)

September 11 Italian Grand Prix (Monza)

September 25 Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore)

October 9 Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)

October 16 Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam)

October 30 Indian Grand Prix (Delhi)*

November 13 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit)

November 27 Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo)

* Subject to circuit approval


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