Formula One: Austin Grand Prix moving to November 2012 as part of calendar shuffle?

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Is the Austin Grand Prix moving to November 2012 as part of calendar shuffle?

Published on 7/29/2011

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The United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, is likely to move from its original date in June 2012 to November, as part of a revised 2012 Formula One schedule reportedly given to F1 teams ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

According to British media outlet Autosport, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will move the Bahrain Grand Prix--canceled in 2011 because of civil unrest in the Persian Gulf state--to the end of the 2012 calendar, and the race in Istanbul, Turkey, will be eliminated after years of poor attendance.

If the Austin Grand Prix does in fact move, speculation says it will become the season's penultimate race and will take place in November, eliminating concerns that the June date in Texas would be too hot for spectators.

Bahrain would move to November because teams remained concerned about the situation there and do not want to open the season with it and risk a repeat of this year's confusion. According to Autosport, the season will begin in Australia and end in Brazil one week after the United States Grand Prix.

PROVISIONAL 2012 FORMULA ONE CALENDAR

March 18: Australia

March 25: Malaysia

April 8: China

April 22: India

May 13: Spain

May 27: Monaco

June 10: Canada

June 24: Europe (Valencia, Spain)

July 8: Great Britain

July 22: Germany

July 29: Hungary

Sept. 2: Belgium

Sept. 9: Italy

Sept. 23: Singapore

Oct. 7: Japan

Oct. 14: Korea

Oct. 28: Abu Dhabi

Nov. 4: Bahrain

Nov. 18: United States

Nov. 25: Brazil

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