The Grand Prix of America, scheduled to take place in New Jersey, has been listed as one of three provisional races on a record 22-race Formula 1 calendar for next season.
The New Jersey race, which would be staged against a backdrop of New York’s Manhattan skyline, was absent from a draft calendar circulated to the teams during the Italian Grand Prix weekend.
It has now been reinstated – albeit provisionally – in a June 1 slot in the middle of a triple header between Monaco on May 25 and Canada on June 8 – but it is far from certain to be there when the final calendar is published in December.
Three races back-to-back would pose significant logistical problems for the teams, especially the quick turnaround after Monaco. Plus new races are traditionally given a free weekend either side to allow teams more leeway to deal with any teething problems that may arise in travelling to a new event.
Korea and Mexico are the other two provisional events on the calendar released by the World Motor Sport Council. Korea, which moves to a new earlier slot on the calendar and is now round five – back-to-back with China, has been uncertain for a number of years now while Mexico is returning for the first time since 1992 and is in need of an upgrade.
Along with New Jersey and Mexico, Austria and Russia are the other two new races on the calendar. Austria’s Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1 Ring, last hosted a race in 2003. Russia, meanwhile, is making a debut appearance with an all-new circuit in Sochi, home of the Winter Olympics, the host.
The FIA also said that Pirelli – whose future in the sport was uncertain after a series of tyre failures this season – can continue as Formula 1’s tyre supplier for next season. The sport’s governing body said: “Pirelli may continue to supply tyres to competitors in the FIA F1 World Championship, subject to the requisite technical and safety standards of the FIA being met.”
Australia remains as the season opener on March 16, however, it is out on its own with Malaysia instead twinned with Bahrain as a back-to-back race. The Brazilian Grand Prix also retains its place as the season finale on November 30.
The British Grand Prix will take place on July 6, which means it will clash with the Wimbledon men’s singles final for the second time in three years.
2014 Formula 1 calendar
March 16 – Australia (Melbourne)
March 30 – Malaysia (Sepang)
April 6 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
April 20 – China (Shanghai)
April 27 – Korea (Korea)*
May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)
June 1 – Grand Prix of America (New Jersey)*
June 8 – Canada (Montreal)
June 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 6 – Britain (Silverstone)
July 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)
July 27 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 24 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 7 – Italy (Monza)
September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 5 – Russia (Sochi)*
October 12 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 9 – USA (Austin)
November 16 – Mexico (Mexico City)*
November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)
* Subject to the circuit approval