The ideal calendar

I’ve been thinking about Formula 1 a bit too much. Partly because I think about it a lot anyway, and partly because I’ve just been to Belgium for the Grand Prix, which I’ll write about shortly.

In the meantime, I’ve been playing Fantasy Calendar. Not the type produced by the well-known tyre manufacturer, but the type produced by geeks like me who, every time Bernie Ecclestone and the circuits start playing politics, wonder “how hard can it be?”.

I’ve worked with just a few constraints. Some of them are real F1 issues, and some are introduced by me just to make F1 a bit better.

1. The season should have twenty races.

2. Half the races should be in Europe.

3. No races in January, February or December.

4. The Monaco Grand Prix is on 25th May.

5. There is no race on 15th June because of Le Mans.

6. There is a four-week gap between races at some point in the summer – ideally halfway through the season.

7. The Belgian Grand Prix is on 24th August.

8. Tracks that are poorly attended, rubbish or favoured by Vladimir Putin are not allowed.

With those in mind, here’s the calendar. There are six Asian races, three at the start of the season and three in the autumn; four in the Americas, most at the end of the season but with Canada in its traditional late spring slot; and 10 in Europe. Two of these (marked *) are in places where as far as I know there are no plans to have a GP any time soon – but where it would be great if they did.

Test 1: 02/02/2014 Jerez
Test 2: 16/02/2014 Barcelona
Test 3: 23/02/2014 Abu Dhabi

16/03/2014 Australia — Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
23/03/2014 Malaysia — Sepang International Circuit, Sepang
06/04/2014 India — Buddh International Circuit, New Delhi
20/04/2014 San Marino* — Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
04/05/2014 Spain — Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
18/05/2014 Austria — Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
25/05/2014 Monaco — Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
08/06/2014 Canada — Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
29/06/2014 Britain — Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
06/07/2014 Germany — Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
03/08/2014 Hungary — Hungaroring, Budapest
17/08/2014 France* — Circuit Paul Ricard, Castellet
24/08/2014 Belgium — Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Francorchamps
07/09/2014 Italy — Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
28/09/2014 Abu Dhabi — Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island
12/10/2014 Singapore — Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
26/10/2014 Japan — Suzuka International Course, Suzuka
09/11/2014 USA — Circuit of the Americas, Austin
16/11/2014 Mexico — Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
30/11/2014 Brazil — Interlagos, Sao Paulo

What do you think?

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