2011 F1 and IndyCar Schedules

It has been quite the week for 2011 schedule announcements. We’ve seen the provisional calendar for Formula 1, a mostly-confirmed calendar for IndyCar as well as what appear to be firm line-ups for WTCC and BTCC. Leaving the tintops aside for a second, here are the important dates for fans of major open-wheel racing:

13 March: F1 – Bahrain;
27 March: F1 – Australia, ICS – St Pete;
10 April: F1 – Malaysia, ICS – Barber;
17 April: F1 – China, ICS – Long Beach;
1 May: ICS – Sao Paulo;
8 May: F1 – Turkey;
22 May: F1 – Spain;
29 May: F1 – Monaco, ICS – Indianapolis;
12 June: F1 – Canada, ICS – Texas (2 races);
19 June: ICS – Milwaukee;
26 June: F1 – Valencia, ICS – Iowa:
10 July: F1 – Britain, ICS – Toronto;
24 July: F1 – Germany, ICS – Edmonton;
31 July: F1 – Hungary:
7 August: ICS – Mid-Ohio;
14 August: ICS – Loudon;
28 August: F1 – Belgium, ICS – Sonoma;
4 Septemeber: ICS – Baltimore;
11 September: F1 – Italy;
18 September: ICS – Motegi;
25 September: F1 – Singapore;
2 October: ICS – Kentucky;
9 October: F1 – Japan;
16 October: F1 – Korea;
30 October: F1 – India;
13 November: F1 – Abu Dhabi;
27 November: F1 – Brazil;
tba: ICS – season finale venue tbc

It is a shame to see the loss of Watkins Glen and Chicagoland, but in their place we get Milwaukee, Loudon and potentially Las Vegas as the finale. It’ll be interesting to see if the trade-off was worth it. I’m a fan of Milwaukee but I’m not too familiar with the others – it must be said IndyCar fans took the Loudon (New Hampshire) news very supportively and the venue has been missed by many. The Baltimore GP alongside the ALMS will be another interesting weekend to watch for, the track looks promising.

This is a record number of Formula 1 events with the retention of every 2010 GP and the addition of India, however it remains to be seen whether Korea will actually hold a race either in 2010 or 2011. I’m quietly confident about India but Korea looks a shambles. Monaco and Indy on the same weekend is a good double for racing geeks like me, but I enjoyed having them on different weeks this year and allowing each the ‘media breathing room’ they deserve.

I’ll soon revisit my Google Calendars with the new information and also checking the sportscar races, but since these things are usually quite fluid this early in the going I’m in no hurry to do so. I’m also conscious I haven’t been very good at keeping them fully updated as changes have been made through the year, perhaps I’ll try to do better in 2011.

17/04  China
08/05  Turkey
22/05  Spain
29/05  Monaco
12/06  Canada
26/06  Europe (Valencia)
10/07  Great Britain
24/07  Germany
31/07  Hungary
28/08  Belgium
11/09  Italy
25/09  Singapore
09/10  Japan
16/10  Korea
30/10  India*
13/11  Abu Dhabi
27/11  Brazil

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