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No new teams for 2011 Formula One season

The Formula One grid will continue to have 24 cars on it for 2011 after all new applications were denied.
The Formula One grid will continue to have 24 cars on it for 2011 after all new applications were denied.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The 2011 Formula One grid will not have any new teams on it after an FIA meeting
  • No teams have met the FIA's criteria meaning the 2011 grid will still have only 12 teams
  • There will be 20 races in 2011 with a slot found for the India Grand Prix in New Delhi
  • The race will be held on Ocotber 30 providing the circuit passing an inspection first
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(CNN) -- The 2011 Formula One grid will not have any new teams on it after world governing body, the FIA, announced that their criteria for entry has not been met.

The current grid has 12 teams and 24 cars on it but various organizations -- including an American outfit involving former world champion Jacques Villeneuve -- had expressed an interest in becoming a 13th team for next season.

However, in a meeting at its Paris headquarters, the FIA confirmed in a statement: "None of the candidates meet the requirements to be granted an entry."

Meanwhile, the same meeting also confirmed that 2011 will see a record 20 races, with the Indian Grand Prix getting ratification.

Formula One supremo Bernie Eccleston had confirmed earlier in the year that a race in India was in the pipeline -- and a slot has been found in the calendar on October 30, although the circuit near New Delhi would still need to pass an inspection before being granted complete approval.

In other changes for 2011, Abu Dhabi will now be the penultimate race on November 13 and the traditional season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos will be on November 27.

The 2011 Formula One season begins in Bahrain on March 13.

Formula One 2011 calendar:

March 13 - Bahrain Grand Prix

March 27 - Australian Grand Prix

April 10 - Malaysian Grand Prix

April 17 - Chinese Grand Prix

May 8 - Turkish Grand Prix

May 22 - Spanish Grand Prix

May 29 - Monaco Grand Prix

June 12 - Canadian Grand Prix

June 26 - European Grand Prix

July 10 - British Grand Prix

July 24 - German Grand Prix

July 31 - Hungarian Grand Prix

August 28 - Belgian Grand Prix

September 11 - Italian Grand Prix

September 25 - Singapore Grand Prix

October 9 - Japanese Grand Prix

October 16 - South Korean Grand Prix

October 30 - Indian Grand Prix (subject to circuit passing inspection)

November 13 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

November 27 - Brazilian Grand Prix