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Calendar to stick with 20 races

The 2013 F1 calendar could again stretch to 20 races in the wake of the final meeting this year of the World Motor Sport Council.

With the removal of the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey until 2014 due to financial and construction difficulties, it appeared the calendar for next season would revert back to 19 races following the record 20 this campaign.

However, the WMSC has opted to switch the German GP - which still does not have a confirmed venue - from July 14 to July 7, and which will now be back to back with the British GP at Silverstone.

In doing so, they have created a vacancy for July 21, which the WMSC state "has been reserved for another F1 European event, subject to the approval of the relevant ASNs (National Sporting Authority)".

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is known to be in discussions with the new owners of the Istanbul Park in the hope of restoring the Turkish Grand Prix to the calendar, with the likelihood now next year.

That race would also form a double-header with the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 28 ahead of a four-week summer break across August.