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Bahrain & US races are on

New Delhi: Formula One’s 20-race 2012 calendar has been approved unchanged by the sport’s governing body despite previous doubts about races in Bahrain and the US, the FIA said on Wednesday.

“The 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar was confirmed as previously published,” the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement issued after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in New Delhi.

The next season’s Indian Grand Prix race will be held on October 28, at the Buddha International Circuit, in Greater Noida. The 2012 Indian GP will be the 17th of the 20-leg championship.

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix was held on October 30 this year and the event turned out to be a huge success at the state-of-the-art Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.

Meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone said the organisers of US Grand Prix in Texas reached a deal with him, also on Wednesday. “Ecclestone has received his check,” Red McCombs, a founder of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, said in a statement.

Ecclestone confirmed the agreement in a separate email to a local newspaper: “Yes, there will be a race there. We hope it will be for 10 years.” Sources in the meeting said changes to the calendar, published at the end of August with only countries rather than specific venues mentioned, were not discussed.

The US race and the Bahrain Grand Prix, which had to be cancelled this year due to civil unrest, had looked uncertain ahead of a meeting of Formula One’s governing body in New Delhi but both were given the green light.

The 2012 F1 Calendar

March 16 to 18: Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
March 23 to 25: Malaysia Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur)
April 13 to 15: Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)
April 20 to 22: Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)
May 11 to 13: Spanish Grand Prix (Catalunya)
May 24 to 27: Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)
June 8 to 10: Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
June 22 to 24: European Grand Prix (Valencia)
July 6 to 8: British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
July 20 to 22: German Grand Prix (Hockenheim)
July 27 to 29: Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)
August 31 to September 2: Belgian Grand Prix
(Spa-Francorchamps)
September 7 to 9: Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
September 21 to 23: Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore)
October 5 to 7: Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
October 12 to 14: Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam)
October 26 to 28: Indian Grand Prix (New Delhi)
November 2 to 4: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina Circuit)
November 16 to 18: United States Grand Prix (Austin)
November 23 to 25: Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo)