The Russians are in, who's out?
Ecclestone is still looking to expand his Formula One empire, recently the Indian authorities signed a deal for a Formula One race in 2011 at the Jaypee Group Circuit, and he also has several times hinted that he is negotiating a contract for a race in the state of New York (USA), and he still has plans for the return of Formula One to South Africa. As there is only room for twenty races per season, it is inevitable other venues will be replaced. The 2011 calendar with 20 races will be the longest season in the history of Formula One and includes the Grand Prix of India. In 2012 when the American Grand Prix is to take place in Austin, Texas one venue will have to be dropped, and with the Russian deal now in place, yet another race will have to be dropped in 2014.
The Silverstone circuit has secured its future by signing a contract until 2017, and also Monaco has renewed their contract this year and will be on the calendar for another ten years. Monza has a contract until 2016, last year the Hungaroring also extended their contract until 2016. The Gilles Villeneuve circuit at Montreal has signed a five-year deal (including this year) until 2014, and the European Grand Prix at Valencia should also be on the calendar until 2014.
The Grand Prix of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, China, Germany and Turkey are the most likely candidates to be axed in favor of new venues. Attendance of the Australian, Chinese and Turkish Grand Prix has recently been poor, and this could be a good reason for Ecclestone to drop them. Regarding Turkey, Ecclestone said, "Maybe someone will decide they need a rest because it's not working for them commercially. They've built an incredible circuit and it might even be the best -- but there's not much enthusiasm from the public. I don't know why."
The circuit of Spa-Franchorchamps lost almost 5 million Euro this year and is playing with the idea to turn the Belgium Grand Prix into a bi-annual event, and during his visit to Sochi, Ecclestone has hinted the popular Belgium circuit could even lose it's Grand Prix altogether in the near future. "If it wasn't supported by the government over there it probably would go because they wouldn't be able to afford it," Ecclestone commented. Which unfortunately confirms the suspicions Ecclestone will not drop the least popular races, but the races that don't make enough money.
voglio fare un po' il punto "geografico" di quello che saranno i futuri calendari
l'anno prossimo si raggiunger? il limite dei 20 GP stabilito nella nuova concordia
nel 2012 ? previsto l'ingesso di Austin, nel 2014 Sochi e chiss? quanti altri pretendenti stanno alla finestra (Francia, che ? nella wishlist di Bernie; Sudafrica, anche se Todt non ? ottimista; Roma...)
stando all'articolo i circuiti che, contratto alla mano, dovrebbero reggere meglio all'ondata di nuovi arrivi sono Silverstone (scadenza 2017), Monza e Budapest (2016), Montecarlo (2020)
Montreal e Valencia sarebbero sicure fino all'arrivo di Sochi
la lista di chi rischia nel prossimo futuro ? lunga, anche se manca Barcellona, probabilmente la prima candidata ad essere sacrificata vista la presenza di Valencia