The Alternative F1 Calendar

Let’s transport back to the start of 2002… Michael Schumacher was a mere four time world champion, Felipe Massa and Mark Webber were rookies, Fernando Alonso was a test driver, six of the current grid were racing while only four of the teams on the 2012 grid were present, in their current familiar guise at least. The 2002 calendar was predominantly European – 11 out of the 17 races (64.7%) – while the calendar for the 2012 season features just eight European season compared with the 12 ‘the rest of the world’ have – 40%. Of course it is a lot to do with money, and some circuits just aren’t viable for Formula One anymore, but it is a shame to see them drop off the calendar. It seems like the European races are particularly in decline as it has been rumoured that the Spanish GP at the Circuit de Catalunya will start alternating with Valencia from 2013, while a French GP return could see fan favourite Spa reduced to an every other year event. Just look at the stats:

2002: 11 European races and 6 ‘rest of world’ (ROW)  (Europe +5)
2003: 10 European races and 6 ROW  (Europe +4)
2004: 10 European races and 8 ROW (Europe +2)
2005: 11 European races and 8 ROW (Europe +3)
2006: 10 European races and 8 ROW  (Europe +2)
2007: 9 European races and 8 ROW (Europe +1)
2008: 10 European races and 8 ROW (Europe +2)
2009: 9 European races and 8 ROW (Europe +1)
2010: 9 European races and 10 ROW (Europe -1)
2011: 9 European races and 10 ROW (Europe -1)
2012: 8 European races and 12 ROW (Europe -4)

The rest of the world have been gaining races while Europe have been losing them gradually over the years. So, out of curiosity I asked a few questions about circuits in particular about people’s favourite circuits, which ones they miss most, and the best of the most recent editions (in the past ten years). I received a number of responses and there were some trends proving that some circuits are much more popular than others. So, for a minute let us just forget about money and pretend it is no object, and instead let’s focus on the fans. I have also taken successful drivers and their nationalities into account. Based on the most popular results I received to my questions, I have compiled the alternative F1 calendar:

Australian GP – Albert Park, Melbourne
Malaysian GP – Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
Chinese GP – Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
Spanish GP  – Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Monaco GP – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
San Marino GP – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
Turkish GP – Istanbul Park, Istanbul
Canadian GP – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
US GP- Long Beach, California
British GP – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
Austrian GP – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
German GP – Nürburgring, Nürburg/Hockenheimring, Hockenheim (alternating)
French GP – Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
Dutch GP – Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort
Belgian GP – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa
Italian GP – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Singapore GP – Marina Bay Street Circuit,  Marina Bay
Japanese GP- Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
Indian GP – Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
Brazilian GP-  Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos), São Paulo

Read Part Two for further details!


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