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Ecclestone confirms 19 races for 2013 season

Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the 2013 F1 world championship calendar will feature 19 rounds, as opposed to the original schedule, which until New Jersey’s demise, was set to have twenty grands prix.

F1 chief executive, Ecclestone opened up the twentieth slot to a potential new European venue, but he said on Tuesday that he could not now fill it “at this late stage”.

“I’m disappointed it [the 20th race] didn’t happen,” he said in Dubai on Tuesday, where he announced the airline Emirates as a major new F1 sponsor. “You can’t suddenly slot it in.”

However, the 82-year-old Briton was quoted by the Gulf News as saying 20 is the ideal number for future F1 calendars.

“Twenty races is more or less what we should aim for in a season,” he said.

Ecclestone said he was adamant Bahrain would host its grand prix as scheduled this year, because things seem “a little more peaceful” in the Kingdom in 2013.

Finally, he definitively dashed the hopes of a group of Canadian and American investors, who had hoped to buy up defunct HRT’s assets and race this season. (GMM)

2013 Grand Prix calendar:

15 – 17 Mar01Australian Grand PrixMelbourne
22 – 24 Mar02Malaysia Grand PrixKuala Lumpur
12 – 14 Apr03Chinese Grand PrixShanghai
19 – 21 Apr04Bahrain Grand PrixSakhir
10 – 12 May05Gran Premio De EspañaCatalunya
24 – 26 May06Grand Prix De MonacoMonte Carlo
07 – 09 Jun07Grand Prix Du CanadaMontréal
28 – 30 Jun08British Grand PrixSilverstone
05 – 07 Jul09Grosser Preis Von DeutschlandNurburgring
26 – 28 Jul11Magyar Nagydíj 2013Budapest
23 – 25 Aug12Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
06 – 08 Sep13Gran Premio D’italia 2013Monza
20 – 22 Sep14Singapore Grand PrixSingapore
04 – 06 Oct15Korean Grand PrixYeongam
11 – 13 Oct16Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka
25 – 27 Oct17Indian Grand PrixNew Delhi
01 – 03 Nov18Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina
15 – 17 Nov19United States Grand PrixAustin
22 – 24 Nov20Grande Prêmio Do BrasilSão Paulo