Next season's provisional Formula One calendar has come under fire from various parties, just hours after it was revealed.

Topping the list of objectors is the Australian GP, angry that its place as season opener has gone to Malaysia. Race promoter Ron Walker and Victoria state premier Jeff Kennett both said that they would be seeking talks with the FIA in an attempt to return the race to what they feel is its rightful place.

"I think that's important, because it's become a bit of tradition," said Kennett, "It's a nice time to hold [the race], so I'd want to hold it then [February]."

Meanwhile, British Grand Prix officials are concerned that the early July date assigned to the Silverstone race will put it in direct competition with the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Although the proposed race date - Sunday 2 July - is likely to be a rest day at Wimbledon, it remains under threat of competition from re-arranged, and rain delayed, matches.

As in recent seasons, however, the provisional 17-race calendar remains just that, and is likely to feature several revisions before it is set in stone.



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