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FIA announce 18-race calendar for 2004 15 Oct 2003

Jos Verstappen (NED) Minardi Cosworth PS03 leads Justin Wilson (GBR) Minardi Cosworth PS03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, 15 June 2003

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has announced important changes to the 2004 Grand Prix calendar, following Wednesday's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

The Canadian Grand Prix is provisionally back on the calendar, subject to an agreement with the teams over the absence of tobacco sponsorship, making for an 18-race season.

To make way for the inclusion of the Canadian round, the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola has been moved from its proposed June slot to April 25, meaning it will again be the opening round of the European season. Meanwhile, the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring will switch from April 25 to May 30, just a week after the Monaco race.

The status of the Belgian Grand Prix has also been changed from 'conditional' to 'confirmed'. The Spa-Francorchamps race will now definitely make its return to the calendar on August 29.

For the 2004 calendar in full, click here.