The loss of the French and Canadian Grand Prix means there are only 17 races on this year's calendar.
The loss of the French and Canadian Grand Prix means there are only 17 races on this year's calendar. For only the second time in the history of the Formula One world championship there will be no race in France, and for only the third time since 1967 the sport does not visit Canada. However, there is one new addition as global expansion continues with Abu Dhabi due to host the season-ending race at the impressive looking Yas Marina circuit. 2009 Formula One calendar: (race start times - 4pm unless otherwise stated) March 29 Australia - Melbourne (10am) April 5 Malaysia - Sepang (1pm) April 19 China - Shanghai (11am) April 26 Bahrain - Sakhir May 10 Spain - Barcelona May 24 Monaco - Monte Carlo June 7 Turkey - Istanbul June 21 Great Britain - Silverstone July 12 Germany - Nurburgring July 26 Hungary - Budapest Aug 23 Europe - Valencia Aug 30 Belgium - Spa Sept 13 Italy - Monza Sept 27 Singapore Oct 4 Japan - Suzuka (9am) Oct 18 Brazil - Sao Paulo (8pm) Nov 1 Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina * (3pm) * Subject to FIA approval