Australia to open 2012 Formula One season

A major re-shuffle of the Formula One calendar and a shift for the Bahrain Grand Prix is likely to see Australia open the 2012 Formula One season.

Melbourne will once again be the first race of the Formula One season, a position it re-claimed in 2011 after political unrest halted the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Australian race will be held as a double-header with the Malaysian Grand Prix, before F1 heads to China and India for the final two Asian rounds of the season.

The calendar re-shuffle is a boost for the ailing Australian Formula One Grand Prix which has come under fire over cost blow-outs in recent years.

AutoSport reports that the calendar will see Turkey dropped from the calendar to accommodate the Austin Grand Prix in Texas, which will become the penultimate race of the season, while the Bahrain Grand Prix will be moved to the end of the season to avoid the doubt and controversy that plagued the buildup to the cancelled 2011 race.

Buford Balony says: Ooooooh how exciting, Formula 1.

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