Uncertainty over 2012 dates
Further changes to calendar likely after latest provisional draft
Last Updated: 02/08/11 2:24pm
Melbourne: Set to host 2012 season opener
The Formula One calendar for 2012 is likely to face further changes after teams were given the latest provisional draft last week.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone presented the 12 marques with a 20-race schedule, with the Turkish Grand Prix no longer present after race organisers failed to agree a deal for it to continue.
There were also a number of significant alterations, including back-to-back race weekends in Australia and Malaysia to start the year.
The Indian Grand Prix has also been moved to April and a five-week summer break with no race in August has been scheduled, with the packed calendar comprising of six back-to-back races elsewhere.
Bahrain has been moved from its initial season-opening slot to give the country further time to guarantee security after the political unrest that led to its cancellation this year.
F1's return to America in Austin, originally given a provisional slot in June after Canada, has also been switched to November due to concerns regarding the Texas heat in the summer.
Although presented to the teams for approval, Formula One Teams' Association chairman and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed further alterations are imminent.
"The calendar is tough," Whitmarsh said.
"But I understand it's going to change again, so until you have the final one there is no point complaining about the provisional one."