22 Sep 2009

South Korea added to F1 calendar

6:52 am on 22 September 2009

South Korea will make its Formula One motor racing debut next year while Canada will return to the calendar subject to contract negotiations.

The season, expanded to a record-equalling 19 races for the first time since 2005, will start in Bahrain on March 14.

Australia, the regular opener since 1996 becomes the second round on March 28 with Malaysia following a week later.

After being dropped this year, Canada has been pencilled in for a return in June 13, while South Korea's debut will be in mid-October, a month before the final round in Brazil.