F1 teams to ask for 2012 calendar ‘rethink’

(GMM) Formula one teams are concerned about the latest version of the provisional calendar for 2012.

With Turkey scrapped and Bahrain shuffled to the end of the schedule, Bernie Ecclestone circulated a revised version of next year's calendar in the paddock of the Hungaroring.

A wire report by Sapa-AFP said the teams will ask the F1 chief executive to reconsider the latter part of the proposed calendar, due to the scheduling of seven races – including Japan/Korea, Abu Dhabi/Bahrain and US/Brazil back-to-backs – within a ten week period.

"We plan actually to ask for a rethink for the logistics," confirmed Renault team boss and FOTA deputy chairman Eric Boullier.

"It is to make it a little bit easier for the task force and a bit cheaper by way of moving logistics differently. We have a thought between us already and we would like to suggest a couple of ideas," he said.

"We are not involved in the final decision of the calendar, but I understand it is not definite so we have room to ask for discussion and to make suggestions."

FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh added: "The calendar is tough, but I understand it is going to change again. So, until we have the final calendar, there is no point complaining about a provisional one."

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