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2009 Calendar and drivers line-up
The 2009 calendar was issued today, and bye-bye Montreal! The Canadian GP will be replaced by the Abu Dhabi GP, that will be placed at the end of the season, while the former Canada GP date will be taken by the Turkish GP (correct to race there in early June rather than in August as it used to be).
I'm sorry to lose Montreal, but rather because it was a tradition and because of the perfect timing in Europe-Africa, on Sunday evening, than for the track itself. Even though if Abu Dhabi is like Valencia and Singapore tracks, I'd rather keep Montreal 1000 times. Has any of you guys got any clue about indiscretions on the Abu Dhabi new track? Tilke again?
Moreover, the opener in Melbourne will be only on March 29, the season will be more squeezed at the beginning and at the end, with a 4 week break between Hungaroring and Valencia. 4 times there will be races in 2 successive weekends: Australia-Malaysia, Great Britain-France (why do they keep inverting nearly every year?), Europe-Belgium and Japan-China.
German GP should be in Nuerburgring, Japanese in Suzuka. No idea if French GP will be still in Magny Cours, I guess it probably will.
I don't know if it is correct to close at a new circuit, I feel decisive race should be in a well known track.
As for the drivers' line-up, with BMW confirming its duo yesterday, it should be, as far as I know:
Renault: Alonso- ?
Force India: Sutil?-Fisichella?
Red Bull: Webber-Vettel
Toro Rosso: Bourdais?-Piquet?
Therefore, 5 or 6 seats still at odds (even though probably only 2 or 3 of them will be actually left free).