A revised 2012 Formula One schedule was said to be circulating in the paddock at Budapest this morning which would both increase the number of back to back weekends to six from the current two and move the innaugural US Grand Prix to November from June 17.
Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex., site of the US Grand Prix, said that they have not received word of any planned changes and are proceeding toward completion for a June race.
For its part, the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) described any adjustments as preliminary and declined additional comment until after a final scheduled is approved at either its September or December meeting.
The November date was among those considered most likely here at GonzoGeek
when concerns started to be voiced regarding Austin's sometimes sultry June weather. The FIA's inital 2012 calendar had the last two events of the year sheduled in Abu Dhabi (Nov. 13) and Brazil (Nov. 27) and given the (relative) geographic proximity of Austin and Brazil the move seemed to make sense. The US and Brazil events would now occur on consecutive weekends as the last two events of the year.
Parties in the paddock this weekend have said the final six events would occur as back-to-back weekends (with one week in between each pairing) in Japan/Korea, Abu Dhabi/Bahrain, and the US/Brazil. F1 teams are said to be devising a schedule of their own as a counter to this most recent revision.
[In qualifying for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) returned to his pole-winning form, but was followed by Lewis Hamliton and Jenson Button (both McLaren) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari), who had his best qualifying of the year to come in P4. The final two spots in the top six were taken by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Red Bull)]