The following box details each race and its key characteristics.
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MARCH 17 - AUSTRALIA
Albert Park street circuit. 58 laps of 5.303km. Total distance 307.574km. 2012 winner: Jenson Button (McLaren). Melbourne has hosted what has become one of the most popular races on the calendar since 1996.
MARCH 24 - MALAYSIA
Sepang circuit. 56 laps of 5.543km. Total distance 310.408km. 2012 winner: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). The hot and steamy Hermann Tilke-designed track, next to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, made its debut in 1999.
APRIL 14 - CHINA
Shanghai International Circuit. 56 laps of 5.451km. Total distance 305.066km. 2012 winner: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes). Built on a vast, and some might say overwhelming, scale in the shape of the Chinese character 'shang'. On the calendar since 2004.
APRIL 21 - BAHRAIN
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir. 57 laps of 5.412km. Total distance 308.238km. 2012 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). Another Tilke circuit and the first in the Middle East to host a grand prix in 2004. Civil unrest on the Gulf island has cast a cloud over the race since 2011.
MAY 12 - SPAIN
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. 66 laps of 4.655km. Total distance 307.104km. 2012 winner: Pastor Maldonado (Williams). A regular test destination and once the most predictable of circuits, familiar to all teams since 1991.
MAY 26 - MONACO
Monte Carlo. 78 laps of 3.340km. Total distance 260.520km. 2012 winner: Mark Webber (Red Bull). The slowest and shortest race on the calendar but also the most glamorous. Steeped in history, Monaco is the one every driver wants to win.
JUNE 9 - CANADA
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. 70 laps of 4.361km. Total distance 305.270km. 2012 winner: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren). A popular destination with teams and sponsors since 1978, the circuit is on the Ile Notre-Dame, an artificial island in Montreal's St Lawrence River.
JUNE 30 - BRITAIN
Silverstone. 52 laps of 5.891km. Total distance of 306.198km. 2012 winner: Webber. The former World War Two airfield hosted the first F1 championship grand prix in 1950.
JULY 7 - GERMANY
Nuerburgring. 60 laps of 5.148km. Total distance of 308.623km. 2012 winner: Alonso. The original Nordschleife circuit was known as the 'Green Hell' but the current one, used since 1984, is a far more tame affair if still atmospheric.
JULY 28 - HUNGARY
Hungaroring, Budapest. 70 laps of 4.381km. Total distance 306.630km. 2012 winner: Hamilton. The first race here in 1986 marked Formula One's debut behind what was then the 'Iron Curtain' dividing Europe. Tight, twisty and slow.
AUGUST 25 - BELGIUM
Spa-Francorchamps. 44 laps of 7.004km. Total distance 308.052km. 2012 winner: Button. The longest lap on the calendar and one of the fastest circuits, Spa is a blast down memory lane. Often wet, always thrilling for drivers and fans.
SEPTEMBER 8 - ITALY
Monza. 53 laps of 5.793km. Total distance 306.720km. 2012 winner: Hamilton. The temple of Italian motorsport and home of Ferrari, the circuit is the fastest in Formula One. The now disused and crumbling banking dates back to 1922.
SEPTEMBER 22 - SINGAPORE
Marina Bay street circuit. 61 laps of 5.073km. Total distance 309.316km. 2012 winner: Vettel. Formula One's first race run entirely at night, a glamorous and wildly successful fixture since its floodlit debut in 2008.
OCTOBER 6 - SOUTH KOREA
Korea International Circuit, Yeongam. 55 laps of 5.615km. Total distance 308.630km. 2012 winner: Vettel. An anti-clockwise Tilke circuit, located in a shipbuilding centre 370km south-west of Seoul. Attendances have been low since the first 2010 race.
OCTOBER 13 - JAPAN
Suzuka. 53 laps of 5.807km. Total distance 307.471km. 2012 winner: Vettel. A classic figure of eight layout, owned by Honda and built in 1962 as a test track. Fast, flowing and one of the greatest challenges for any F1 driver.
OCTOBER 27 - INDIA
Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. 60 laps of 5.125km. Total distance 307.249km. 2012 winner: Vettel. The first race at the undulating Tilke track south of Delhi was held in 2011 and became an instant hit.
NOVEMBER 3 - ABU DHABI
Yas Marina. 55 laps of 5.554km. Total distance 305.355km. 2012 winner: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus). The first day-to-night race made its debut in 2009. A spectacular no-expense-spared Tilke circuit that raised the bar for opulence.
NOVEMBER 17 - UNITED STATES
Circuit of the America. Austin, Texas. 56 laps of 5.513km. Total distance 308.405km. 2012 winner: Hamilton. Anti-clockwise and the first purpose-built F1 track in the United States. A massive hit on its debut last year.
NOVEMBER 24 - BRAZIL
Interlagos, Sao Paulo. 71 laps of 4.309km. Total distance 305.909km. 2012 winner: Button. Dilapidated but hugely atmospheric bowl of a circuit that hosted its first race in 1973. Home of the late Ayrton Senna.
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