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2011 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2011 Formula One season will be the 62nd FIA Formula One season.


Signed teams and drivers

After a dispute between the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) and the FIA in the first half of 2009, a new Concorde Agreement was signed on 1 August 2009 by the then FIA president Max Mosley and all of the existing teams at the time. The new agreement provides for a continuation of the terms of the 1998 agreement, and runs until 31 December, 2012.[1]

By the beginning of 2010, a number of details for the 2011 Championship had already been announced or reported as confirmed from some sources. Even if under contract and currently, there is no assurance a driver will be awarded a position without official announcement by a team and is subject to significant change.

After the failure of the US F1 Team to fulfil its entry to the 2010 season, the FIA has re-opened the selection process for an additional team to enter the sport in 2011.[2]

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Race Drivers Rounds Test Driver(s)
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari TBA Ferrari TBA Spain Fernando Alonso[3] - TBA
India Force India F1 Team Force India TBA Mercedes TBA TBA - TBA
Spain Hispania Racing F1 Hispania TBA Cosworth TBA Brazil Bruno Senna[4] - TBA
Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus TBA Cosworth TBA Italy Jarno Trulli[5] - TBA
Finland Heikki Kovalainen[5] -
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren TBA Mercedes TBA United Kingdom Jenson Button[6] - TBA
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[7] -
Germany Mercedes GP Petronas Mercedes TBA Mercedes TBA Germany Michael Schumacher[8] - TBA
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull TBA Renault TBA Germany Sebastian Vettel[9] - TBA
France Renault F1 Team Renault TBA Renault TBA TBA - TBA
Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber TBA Ferrari TBA TBA - TBA
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso TBA Ferrari TBA TBA - TBA
United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin TBA Cosworth TBA Germany Timo Glock[10] - TBA
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams TBA Cosworth TBA TBA - TBA

Planned and possible races

In January 2009, the Portuguese magazine Autosport reported the possible return of Formula One to Portugal, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in 2011. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has also visited the Portimão circuit. He is concerned as to how many European races the sport will have in future, and doubts that other European countries can maintain their races. It is possible the Portuguese Grand Prix will return in 2011.[11]

Ecclestone is in negotiations to bring the Argentine Grand Prix back to the Formula One calendar.[12] Although the former Grand Prix track Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez and a street circuit in Mar del Plata have been discussed, he demands a new circuit to be built.

The FFSA have a contract to host the French Grand Prix in 2011, although not at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Intially the new Flins-Les Mureaux circuit was mentioned, however this was later scrapped[13] and other possibilities are now being considered, for example Circuit Paul Ricard.[14]

In September 2009, the Bulgarian Motorcycling Foundation announced plans to secure a Bulgarian Grand Prix at the old Dobroslavtsi airfield near Sofia.[15] On 13 November however, it was reported that plans for the race had stalled as the Bulgarian Government could not provide the necessary funds to go with the land, and private investment could not be found.[16]

In November 2009, former racer and team owner Toni Charouz announced plans for a Czech Grand Prix to potentially be held at a brand-new two and a half-mile circuit, three miles from the centre of Prague.[17] The race may not take place in 2011, but some time in the new decade; its inclusion on the calendar depends on the success of a DTM event to be held once the circuit is complete.

In December 2009, plans were unveiled for a street circuit in Rome, to be held in the city's EUR district. The event is schedule for an August 2012 calendar space, though promoter Maurizio Flammini admits it could be brought forward to 2011 if the required infrastructure is built "in record time".[18]

In March 2010, Bernie Ecclestone admitted that he is still open to a return of the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis; as early as 2011. However, he wants a new group to handle promoting the race as "nothing worked there" during the circuit's last stint of hosting Formula One.[19]

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local GMT
Contracted Grands Prix
TBA Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP[20] Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama TBA TBA TBA
TBA Qantas Australian Grand Prix[21] Australian GP[22] Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Victoria TBA 17:00[22] 08:00
TBA Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP[23] Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur TBA TBA TBA
TBA Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit TBA TBA TBA
TBA Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP[24] Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona TBA TBA TBA
TBA Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo TBA TBA TBA
TBA Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal TBA TBA TBA
TBA Telefónica Grand Prix Of Europe European GP[25] Spain Valencia Street Circuit TBA TBA TBA
TBA British Grand Prix British GP[26] United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit TBA TBA TBA
TBA Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP[27] Germany Nürburgring TBA TBA TBA
TBA Magyar Nagydíj[21] Hungarian GP[28] Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest TBA TBA TBA
TBA Belgian Grand Prix[21] Belgian GP[29] Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa TBA TBA TBA
TBA Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP[30] Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza TBA TBA TBA
TBA Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP[31] Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit TBA TBA TBA
TBA Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP[32] Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka TBA TBA TBA
TBA Korean Grand Prix Korean GP[33] South Korea Korean International Circuit, Yeongam TBA TBA TBA
TBA Indian Grand Prix Indian GP[34] India Jaypee Group Circuit, Greater Noida TBA TBA TBA
TBA Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit TBA TBA TBA
TBA Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo TBA TBA TBA
2010 contracted Grands Prix but not for 2011
TBA Turkish Grand Prix[21] Turkish GP[35] Turkey Istanbul Park TBA TBA TBA



Calendar changes

Sponsor changes

  • Tyre supplier Bridgestone has announced that it will not renew its contract with Formula One at the end of the 2010 season,[36] meaning a new tyre supplier will have to be found.

Technical changes

  • The maximum height of the diffuser will be cut from 175 millimetres (6.9 in) to 125 millimetres (4.9 in), reducing aerodynamic downforce. Furthermore, measures were agreed to exclude double diffuser designs.[37]


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  2. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-03-11). "FIA re-opens 2011 selection process". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Press Release". Scuderia Ferrari. 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Adrián Campos presenta a Bruno Senna" (in Spanish). 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Lotus F1 sign Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen". BBC Sport. 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Vodafone McLaren Mercedes signs reigning World Champion Jenson Button to multi-year deal". (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes). 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Lewis extends McLaren stay until 2012". Manipe F1. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  8. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-12-23). "Schumacher makes F1 return". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Red Bull extend Vettel contract". GP Update. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Glock to lead new Manor F1 team". BBC Sport. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 209-11-17. 
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  13. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-12-01). "French GP plans suffer fresh blow". Haymarket Publications. 
  14. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-12-03). "FFSA unhappy at French GP situation". Haymarket Publications. 
  15. ^ "България с предварителен договор за Формула 1" (in Bulgarian). 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
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  18. ^ "Rome targets street race in 2012". (Haymarket Publications). 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
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  22. ^ a b "Aussie GP safe until 2015". ITV-F1. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
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  26. ^ "Silverstone signs 17-year deal for British Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  27. ^ "Hockenheim handed reprieve". 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  28. ^ "Hungaroring on F1 calendar until 2016". 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  29. ^ "Spa extends Grand Prix contract to 2012". 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  30. ^ "Gran Premio garantito fino al 2012" (in Italian). 2004-03-30. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  31. ^ "Singapore looking to change track layout". ESPN F1. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  32. ^ "Suzuka to host next three Japanese GPs". (Haymarket Publications). 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  33. ^ "Korean Grand Prix set for 2010". Manipe F1. 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  34. ^ a b "Indian Grand Prix debut pushed back to 2011". The Daily Telegraph. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  35. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2009-12-18). "Turkish GP in jeopardy after 2010". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  36. ^ "Bridgestone to Cease Tire Supply to the FIA Formula One World Championship". Bridgestone. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
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Simple English

This article or section has information about scheduled or expected future events.
The content may change as more information becomes available.

The 2011 Formula One season will be the 62nd FIA Formula One season. The FIA announced they would consider adding a thirteenth team to the grid .[1] On 8 Spetember, 2010, the FIA announced that they would not add a new team. The same twelve team from last year will compete this year.[2] The race schedule will expand to twenty rounds with the running of the Indian Grand Prix.[3]


Teams and drivers

The new Concorde Agreement signed on 1 August 2009 continues the terms of the 1998 agreement. It will run until 31 December 2012.[4] The FIA published the entry list on 30 November 2010 (updated 2 December 2010).[5]

Team Constructor Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Test/Reserve Driver(s)
Red Bull Racing Red Bull Renault[6] P 1 Sebastian Vettel[7] TBA
2 Mark Webber[8]
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren Mercedes P 3 Lewis Hamilton[9] Gary Paffett[10]
4 Jenson Button[11]
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari P 5 Fernando Alonso[12] Jules Bianchi[13]

Giancarlo Fisichella[14]
Marc Gené[14]

6 Felipe Massa[15]
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes Mercedes P 7 Michael Schumacher[16] TBA
8 Nico Rosberg[16]
Lotus Renault GP1[17] Renault Renault P 9 Robert Kubica[18] Fairuz Fauzy[19]
10 Vitaly Petrov[20]
AT&T Williams Williams Cosworth P 11 Rubens Barrichello[21] Valtteri Bottas[22]
12 Pastor Maldonado[23]
Force India F1 Team Force India Mercedes P 14 Adrian Sutil[24] Nico Hülkenberg[24]
15 Paul di Resta[24]
Sauber F1 Team[25] Sauber Ferrari P 16 Kamui Kobayashi[26] Esteban Gutiérrez[27]
17 Sergio Pérez[28]
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Ferrari P 18 Sébastien Buemi[29] Daniel Ricciardo[30]
19 Jaime Alguersuari[29]
Team Lotus2 Lotus Renault[6] P 20 Jarno Trulli[31] TBA
21 Heikki Kovalainen[31]
HRT F1 Team Hispania Cosworth P 22 Narain Karthikeyan[32] TBA
23 TBA
Marussia Virgin Racing[33] Virgin Cosworth P 24 Timo Glock[34] Luiz Razia[35]
25 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jérôme d'Ambrosio[20]


  • ^1 Two teams will use the Lotus name in 2011.
  • ^2 Lotus Racing is entered under the Team Lotus name. The legal use of the name Lotus and Team Lotus is under dispute.[36] Team Lotus was an F1 team, based in England, that raced from 1954 to 1994.

Race schedule

The FIA released the race schedule for the 2011 world championship. A new race, the Indian Grand Prix, had been added. This will make the Formula One season 20 races long. This is the longest race schedule in Formula One history.[37]

Rd. Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit City / Location Date
1 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain International Circuit[38] Sakhir 13 March
2 Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne 27 March
3 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix[39] Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur 10 April
4 File:Flag of the People' Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit Shanghai 17 April
5 Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Istanbul Park Istanbul 08 May
6 Gran Premio de España Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona Catalunya 22 May
7 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco Monte-Carlo 29 May
8 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal 12 June
9 Grand Prix of Europe European GP Valencia Street Circuit Valencia 26 June
10 British Grand Prix British GP Silverstone Circuit Silverstone 10 July
11 Grosser Preis Von Deutschland German GP Hockenheimring Hockenheim 24 July
12 Magyar Nagydij Hungarian GP Hungaroring Budapest 31 July
13 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa-Francorchamps 28 August
14 Gran Premio d'Italia Italian GP Autodromo di Monza Monza 11 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit Singapore 25 September
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Suzuka Circuit Suzuka 9 October
17 Korean Grand Prix Korean GP Korean International Circuit Yeongam 16 October
18 Indian Grand Prix* Indian GP Jaypee Group Circuit Greater Noida 30 October
19 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit Yas Island 13 November
20 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace São Paulo 27 November

* Subject to circuit approval


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  10. Beer, Matt; Geoff Creighton (2011-01-16). "Paffett backs late launch decision". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  11. "Vodafone McLaren Mercedes signs reigning World Champion Jenson Button to multi-year deal". (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes). 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
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  14. 14.0 14.1 "F1 : Fernando Alonso does the double on ice at the Wrooom media event finale". FOSA - Formula One Supporters Association. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
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  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 "Di Resta to race for Force India in 2011". Formula One Administration Ltd. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
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