Packed F1 calendar for 2013 confirmed

The FIA confirmed and published the 2013 Formula 1 calendar after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Friday listing a tight season yet again.

Next year will feature 20 races once more although the European Grand Prix, which was held at the cash-strapped Valencia street circuit, has been replaced by the New Jersey event.

Called the Grand Prix of America, the race however is yet to be confirmed after the organisers failed to comply with the contract's terms and conditions, according to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

The calendar features six back to back races with a break of nearly a month in August and includes the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix.

F1 featured 19 races in 2010 and 2011 while 20 Grands Prix are scheduled this year making it a taxing not just for the team personnel but also for fans to keep tab of the series.

Martin Brundle, a former F1 driver and a television presenter for over a decade, pointed out that a packed schedule could be too much of a commitment to ask.

"You have to ask the fans really! They are a better judge of that than me because I am on the other side of the camera," Brundle told exclusively. "But Bernie would say 'look at NASCAR they have 38 races, look at Premiership football, there are several matches every weekend'.

"I think there's a saturation point. More because of the logistics for the F1 teams. It's pretty tough at 20," he pointed out. "I think you can have too much of a good thing, yes."


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