The Chinese Grand Prix has been moved to the third race on the 2009 Formula One calendar after the FIA revealed an updated version of the schedule for next season.

The event in Shanghai was due to be held in October but has now been switched to April and will follow the races in Australia and Malaysia as round three of the season. The race will be held on the weekend that was due to be the Bahrain GP, which has now been moved back a week to the 26 April.

The decision to move China also has implications towards the end of the season, which has now been brought forward by a fortnight.

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The Japanese Grand Prix has been moved from 11 October to 4 October, while Brazil moves from 1 November to 18 October - the date which had been set aside for China. The first ever Abu Dhabi GP also moves forwards to fill Brazil's old date.

Despite talks between government officials from Montral and Formula One rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, there is still no place for the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule, while the French Grand Prix has now officially been removed from the calendar after the French motorsport association announced it was withdrawing the race from the schedule.

The revised 2009 calendar is as follows - the 2008 one is shown after for easy comparison...

2009 Formula One World Championship Calendar:

29 March Australia Albert Park
5 April Malaysia Sepang
19 April China Shanghai
26 April Bahrain Bahrain
10 May Spain Catalunya
24 May Monaco Monte Carlo
7 June Turkey Istanbul
21 June Great Britain Silverstone
12 July Germany Nurburgring
26 July Hungary Hungaroring
23 August Europe Valencia
30 August Belgium Spa
13 September Italy Monza
27 September Singapore Singapore
4 October Japan Suzuka
18 October Brazil Interlagos
1 November Abu Dhabi Yas Island

2008 Formula One World Championship Calendar:

16 March Australia Albert Park
23 March Malaysia Sepang
6 April Bahrain Bahrain
27 April Spain Catalunya
11 May Turkey Istanbul
25 May Monaco Monte Carlo
08 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
22 June France Magny Cours
06 July Britain Silverstone
20 July Germany Hockenheim
03 August Hungary Hungaroring
24 August Europe Valencia
07 September Italy Monza
14 September Belgium Spa
28 September Singapore Singapore
12 October China Shanghai
19 October Japan Fuji
2 November Brazil Interlagos