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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
New races added to F1 calendar
An artist's impression of Bahrain's new circuit
An artist's impression of Bahrain's new circuit

China and Bahrain will make their Formula One debuts in 2004 - and Belgium's Spa circuit is back in favour after a year's absence.

But Canada and Austria have been axed from a 17-race calendar, which was unveiled by the International Automobile Federation (FIA)'s World Motor Sport Council on Thursday.

Among other major changes, the Brazilian GP will replace Japan as the final race of the year on 24 October.

Bahrain will be the third race on the calendar, slotting in on 4 April after Australia and Malaysia and before the European Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring on 25 April.

F1 CALENDAR
7 March:
Australian GP, Melbourne
21 March:
Malaysian GP, Sepang
4 April:
Bahrain GP, Bahrain
25 April:
European GP, Nuerburgring, Germany
9 May:
Spanish GP, Barcelona
23 May:
Monaco GP, Monaco
6 June:
San Marino GP, Imola
20 June:
US GP, Indianapolis
4 July:
British GP, Silverstone
11 July:
French GP, Magny-Cours
25 July:
German GP, Hockenheim
15 August:
Hungarian GP, Budapest
29 August:
Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
12 September:
Italian GP, Monza
26 September:
Chinese GP, Shanghai
10 October:
Japanese GP, Suzuka
24 October:
Brazilian GP, Sao Paulo

Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit returns on 29 August after being dropped this year because of local legislation against tobacco advertising.

Three of the top four teams are heavily backed by cigarette brands while BAR are part-owned by British American Tobacco.

The FIA said Spa remained provisional subject to a new tobacco law being approved in Belgium.

Tobacco legislation was cited earlier in the year as the reason for dropping Canada and Austria's races.

China's Shanghai and the race in Bahrain remained subject to approval of their facilities, billed as the most advanced in Formula One and the work of renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

Britain, whose future had been in doubt after critical comments by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, was confirmed at Silverstone on 4 July.

The French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours on 11 July was listed as provisional subject to the negotiation of a new contract.




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