The FIA has unveiled the calendar for the F1 2011 World Championship following the reunion of the governing body's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris today, with the schedule expanding to 20 races for the first time in the sport's six-decade history.
Broadly the same as the 2010 calendar, next season's schedule will begin in Bahrain in mid-March and conclude unusually late in Brazil at the end of November – two weeks later than this year – to include the inaugural Indian Grand Prix along the way on 30 October, 'subject to the homologation' of the Jaypee Circuit, 50km from the country's capital of New Delhi.
That race will slot in between the new-for-2010 Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam County and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which has lost its season finale status after only two campaigns back to Brazil, whose popular Interlagos circuit is often regarded as a natural amphitheatre for title-deciders.
The only other change is that following the early four 'flyaway' races in Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China, Turkey has moved back ahead of Spain and Monaco as was the case in 2008.
The full F1 2011 calendar is as follows:
March 13 Bahrain Grand Prix
March 27 Australian Grand Prix
April 10 Malaysian Grand Prix
April 17 Chinese Grand Prix
May 8 Turkish Grand Prix
May 22 Spanish Grand Prix
May 29 Monaco Grand Prix
June 12 Canadian Grand Prix
June 26 European Grand Prix
July 10 British Grand Prix
July 24 German Grand Prix
July 31 Hungarian Grand Prix
August 28 Belgian Grand Prix
September 11 Italian Grand Prix
September 25 Singapore Grand Prix
October 9 Japanese Grand Prix
October 16 Korean Grand Prix
October 30 Indian Grand Prix
November 13 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
November 27 Brazilian Grand Prix