New Delhi: The Indian Grand Prix organisers must be happy after getting the October 28 date for the race, in the 2012 calendar released on Wednesday. The Indian GP had earlier been slotted in April in the proposed 2012 calendar, revealed at the end of July. The orgainsers were reported to be unhappy with the April date.
The Formula One schedule is expanding to 20 races next year, growing by one event after adding a stop in the United States, returning to Bahrain and dropping the Turkish Grand Prix.
The World Motor Sport Council ratified, by unanimous decision, the schedule proposed in July by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
The United States will host a race in Austin, Texas, next November. The last U.S. GP was held in Indianapolis in 2007.
Turkey did not make the cut, despite complaints from some racing teams, but Bahrain is back on the schedule.
This year's Bahrain GP was delayed, reinstated and then finally cancelled in the wake of political unrest in the Gulf country in which at least 32 people have been killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests.
The addition of the United States round makes for a 20-race season, which will get underway in Australia on March 18. The season finale will take place in Brazil on November 25.
2012 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar:
08/07 Great Britain
04/11 Abu Dhabi
18/11 United States
(With inputs from Associated Press)