Formula One (F1) is one of my must-watch sports. I do enjoy all forms of sports (I even love watching Rugby), but F1 is just the motor sport that I have to watch. I have not missed a single race since early 2004. Gone are the days of Michael Schumacher but today we have the likes of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, and the fresh face of Lewis Hamilton.
The 2008 season of Formula One racing does not start until 140 days. This is quite a long time for me to wait, but I will survive. There are already a few changes coming to the ’08 season:
- Engine development has been frozen for the next 10 years, with option to alter the decision in 5 years.
- The first night race ever in F1 history will take place in Singapore.
The 2008 schedule is as follows from the F1 Official Website:
The 2008 calendar in full:
16 Mar Australia
23 Mar Malaysia
6 Apr Bahrain
27 Apr Spain
11 May Turkey
25 May Monaco
8 Jun Canada
22 Jun France
6 Jul Great Britain
20 Jul Germany
3 Aug Hungary
24 Aug Europe
7 Sep Belgium
14 Sep Italy
28 Sep Singapore*
12 Oct Japan
19 Oct China
2 Nov Brazil
One thing that concerns me is the fact that there is no U.S. Grand Prix listed on the schedule. There was questioning of if there would be a race in the U.S. this year, and it appears that there will not be. I had hopes of visiting an F1 race in the future, so I hope that this is not a long-term thing, and only lasts for this season.
AutoBlog mentions this in an article from a few months ago:
By now most have heard that F1 will not hold a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008, meaning that the fate of F1 in the U.S. is in question. Don’t shed a tear for Indy, though, as it’s just been announced that MotoGP will bring the new Red Bull indianapolis GP to the Brickyard on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. Incredibly, this will be the first time in almost 100 years that motorcycles have raced at Indy. The last time was August 14th, 1909, according to Indy.
It must be said that I also watch MotoGP often, so the news that the two wheeled machines are coming to Indy is quite exciting, and might lead the FIA to regret their decision to not come to the United States.
Regardless of how it works out, I will certainly be waiting and watching eagerly for the next seasons of motor sports around the globe.