"New Formula One" Calendar
If you haven't already heard, the Formula One Teams Association has tentatively decided to split from the FIA and Formula One amid struggles to compromise on 2010 rules and regulations.
Plans are to create a fan-friendly, team-friendly, and driver-friendly series dedicated to true Grand Prix racing.
The calendar for this series could be diverse and surprising, so I thought I'd take a stab at picking which tracks might be on the schedule.
Here are 21 venues, none of which are currently on the 2010 F1 calendar.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a historic Italian track that has held 58 Grand Prix races.
It has so far not had a 2010 race confirmed, a decision that could leave Monza off the calendar for only the second time.
Silverstone Circuit hosted the first ever F1 race and will not host a Grand Prix for the first time in more than 20 years in 2010.
The historic Nurburgring will be replaced by Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix in 2010.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada was left off the F1 calendar in 2009 for the first time in 20 years.
There are no current plans for F1 to return in 2010.
Circuit Park Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands last hosted Grand Prix racing in 1985.
The layout has changed since then, but CPZ has hosted A1GP in recent years.
The infamous Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari has not held a Formula 1 race since 2006, though it has gone through a bit of a face-lift since.
Kyalami has hosted the South African Grand Prix on numerous occasions, though not since 1993.
The circuit hosted a leg of the A1GP series this past February.
Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez last hosted the Argentine Grand Prix in 1998.
It has not held a major racing series in some time.
Watkins Glen International held the United States Grand Prix 20 times, from 1961 to 1980.
It continues to host NASCAR, Grand-Am, and IRL races.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was dropped from Formula 1 along with the US Grand Prix in 2008.
It is the most famous speedway in North America and is a popular venue.
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours was initially slated to host the French Grand Prix this season, but was dropped due to financial reasons.
It will likely not return to the schedule, being replaced by Flins-Les Mureaux near Paris.
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has not seen a Formula 1 race since 1992.
It currently hosts an A1GP race and has hosted NASCAR races.
Brands Hatch has hosted the British Grand Prix 12 times, but not since 1986.
It currently hosts various series including A1GP.
Autodromo do Estoril is a Portuguese track that was once a popular F1 stop and hosted Ayrton Senna's first win.
It has not hosted an F1 race since 1996.
Adelaide Street Circuit is the former home of the Australian Grand Prix.
It was used 11 times in Formula 1, most recently in 1995.
Long Beach Street Circuit is currently used by the IRL series and American Le Mans. It has hosted eight Grand Prix, but none since 1983.
The circuit map above is the former F1 course. A different course is currently used.
A1-Ring last hosted a Formula 1 race in 2003.
The current owner of the track has, as of late, ruled out any MotoGP or F1 races in the future.
But, it may be a candidate for this new series.
Circuito de Jerez is currently a popular offseason testing facility for F1 teams.
It is a relatively new Spanish track that last hosted a Grand Prix in 1997.
Fuji Speedway hosted the Japanese Grand Prix in 2008, but is currently not expected to host in next season.
It has several downsides, but it still a potential course to compete on.
Taupo Motorsport Park is located in New Zealand. It has hosted several A1GP races and is regarded as one of the best facilities in Australasia.
It has never hosted a Formula 1 race.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a historic American track located in California. It has hosted numerous open-wheel, Grand-Am, and MotoGP races.
It was once considered by Formula 1 as a location for a Grand Prix.