The teams are set up in the Albert Park pitlane, the cars are ready and the anticipation has hit fever-point. With just one day to go before we see all the cars together in competition, the final preview post for 2008 is here: Circuits and Calendar. The 2008 season will see the Formula One circus travel to eighteen races located in seventeen countries and five continents. Approximately 28 tons of equipment (per team) is shipped a massive 100,000 miles to each venue. Here is where the teams and drivers will be travelling to this season…
|1.||Australia||Albert Park||March 16th||58 Laps|
|2.||Malaysia||Sepang||March 23rd||56 Laps|
|3.||Bahrain||Sakhir||April 6th||57 Laps|
|4.||Spain||Circuit de Catalunya||April 27th||66 Laps|
|5.||Turkey||Istanbul Park||May 11th||58 Laps|
|6.||Monaco||Monte Carlo||May 25th||78 Laps|
|7.||Canada||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||June 8th||70 Laps|
|8.||France||Magny Cours||June 22nd||70 Laps|
|9.||Britain||Silverstone||July 6th||60 Laps|
|10.||Germany||Hockenheim||July 20th||67 Laps|
|11.||Hungary||Hungaroring||August 3rd||70 Laps|
|12.||Europe||Valencia, Spain||24 August||57 Laps|
|13.||Belgium||Spa Francorchamps||September 7th||44 Laps|
|14.||Italy||Monza||September 14th||53 Laps|
|15.||Singapore||Singapore||September 28th||61 Laps|
|16.||Japan||Fuji Speedway||October 12th||67 Laps|
|17.||China||Shanghai||October 19th||56 Laps|
|18.||Brazil||Interlagos||November 2nd||71 Laps|
For a further breakdown of the circuits with additional information, please visit the calendar page.
The 2008 championship sees two new circuits added; Valencia and Singapore. Both are street circuits, much like Monaco, and the SIngapore event is to be the first night race in the history of Formula One. The FIA have done some testing, using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America last year to run a safety car around under their lighting system. It will be very interesting to see how the race goes, and more importantly from Bernie Ecclestone’s point of view, how many people watch it in Europe.
The season extends in to November this year, something I cannot remember happening in my memory of the sport. But the added breaks during the year will provide a welcome pause to the action, and of course helps to reduce the drag of the off-season. It is also good to see that the ridiculous break that happened after the third race in 2007 has been sorted, so the season-start should have a better rhythm as the circus returns to Europe.
I think this is the most exciting start to a F1 season in many a year. Not only do we have two new street circuits (that are ALWAYS better, more watchable races) but we have the intruiging scenario of Hamilton’s second season and the emergence of the likes of Piquet jnr and how he’ll cope with Alonso etc etc. I can’t wait!
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This is by far the best season to come and personally i cant wait for the night race in singapore but the only problem is what if they have a power cut surley this might be taking a wrong step into f1. A lot of other sports play at night and i do not see the reason why we should not have a go and to see what this will be really like.
Apparently they have multiple contingency plans and back-up systems. According to the organisers it would take a phenomenal amount of coincidences for all to fail. Which, knowing Formula One, will probably happen now. 😉