Name changes and 2012 calendar approved

4 November, 2011

Formula 1 logoNov.4 (GMM) The Formula 1 Commission on Thursday approved name changes for three F1 teams ahead of the 2012 season.

Next year, Team Lotus will become Caterham, Renault will be called Lotus, and Virgin Racing will adopt the name of its Russian supercar partner Marussia.

Brazilian Livio Oricchio wrote in his O Estado de S.Paulo column that the Renault team no longer has “anything to do with the French carmaker” and in fact owes money to them.

And the Telegraph reports that although Virgin Racing will now be known as Marussia, Sir Richard Branson’s brand “will continue to pay money” to the team.

“As part of the new deal, believed to be for four years, Virgin Racing will not have any equity but will continue to pay sponsorship”, the report added.

The changes – voted on by the 26 members including Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt, race promoters, teams, manufacturers and sponsors – are pending the approval of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council meeting in December.

Also discussed in Geneva was the 2012 calendar, with events in Austin, Korea and Bahrain reportedly in doubt and Turkey apparently hoping to slot back in with a reduced sanctioning fee.

But a source close to Texas’ scheduled 2012 US grand prix reports that the F1 Commission confirmed next year’s calendar as originally published by the FIA.

2012 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Calendar (Provisional)

Date Event Track
07 – 10 Feb Testing Jerez Circuit de Jerez
21 – 24 Feb Testing Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya
01 – 04 Mar Testing Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya
16 – 18 Mar

01

Australian Grand Prix Melbourne
23 – 25 Mar

02

Malaysian Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur
13 – 15 Apr

03

Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai
20 – 22 Apr

04

Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
01 – 03 May Testing Mugello Autodromo del Mugello
11 – 13 May

05

Grand Prix de Espana Catalunya
25 – 27 May

06

Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo
08 – 10 Jun

07

Grand Prix du Canada Montreal
22 – 24 Jun

08

Grand Prix of Europe Valencia
06 – 08 Jul

09

British Grand Prix Silverstone
20 – 22 Jul

10

German Grand Prix Nürburgring
29 – 31 Jul

11

Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest
Aug 31 – 02 Sep

12

Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
07 – 09 Sep

13

Italian Grand Prix Monza
21 – 23 Sep

14

Singapore Grand Prix Singapore
05 – 07 Oct

15

Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
12 – 14 Oct

16

Korean Grand Prix Yeongam
26 – 28 Oct

17

Indian Grand Prix New Delhi
02 – 04 Nov

18

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina
16 – 18 Nov

19

United States Grand Prix Austin
23 – 25 Nov 20 Grand Prix do Brasil Sao Paulo


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