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Twenty races in 2012 - Todt

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jean Todt said he doesn't know which race will miss out © Sutton Images
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FIA president Jean Todt has said that one race will be dropped from the provisional 2012 calendar.

The FIA announced a record 21-race calendar following its World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) meeting last week. The increase was due to the addition of the United States Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, with no existing races being left out. Only the Turkish Grand Prix remains on the calendar marked as subject to confirmation, but Todt refused to confirm that would be the race to be removed having been asked if the championship would consist of 21 races.

"Absolutely not," Todt told Diario Sport. "There are 21 dates, but the championship will be 20 grands prix. I don't know which one will go, but the championship will be 20 races."

If Turkey were to be dropped from its provisional May 6 slot, it would leave the championship with a 4-week gap between the Korean Grand Prix and the start of the European season in Barcelona.