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Posted By: James Allen  |  05 Sep 2013   |  4:36 pm GMT  |  69 comments

The 2014 F1 calendar could have quite a different look, if the provisional calendar circulating in the Monza paddock is to be believed.

It was published this morning on Autosport.com and features 21 races, with events on three new (or revamped) circuits; Austria, Russia and Mexico.

There is no place for India, nor for the embryonic New Jersey race, a pet project of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who will be disappointed with the lack of progress there.

The Korean race is subject to finalisation of a contract with Ecclestone and looks vulnerable if the calendar needs to go down to 20 races.

Organisers of the USA Grand Prix will be dismayed that the Mexican race has been scheduled the weekend before its event as around 50,000 Mexicans attended the Austin event last year, boosting the takings and adding to the atmosphere. Austin is close to the border with Mexico.

The organisers of the race in Mexico City are in a race against time to upgrade the track to modern F1 standards by November. But the project is backed by entertainment giants CIE and Tavo Hellmund, who brought F1 to Austin before falling out with backers.

Mexico is a centre of excellence for marshalling and motorsport volunteers and a training centre for the region, so there will be no issues with staffing the event.

2014 Formula 1 World Championship Calendar

March 16 – Australia (Melbourne)
March 23 – Malaysia (Sepang)
April 6 – China (Shanghai)
April 13 – Korea* (Korea International Circuit)
April 27 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)
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)
September 7 – Italy (Monza)
September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 5 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 19 – Russia* (Sochi)
October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 9 – Mexico* (Mexico City)
November 16 – USA (Circuit of the Americas)
November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)

* provisional pending completion of contract/homologation

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  1. Paige says:

    Who is the genius who came up with the idea to put Austria before Britain and Germany? The teams are coming back from over the Atlantic, and you are going to send them next thing to Central Europe? Let them go to Britain first, have a nice three weeks or so at home, and let them recharge.

    They need to bump Britain and Germany forward and put Austria in Germany’s current space. Maybe I am speaking with a special kind of authority because I lived in Austria for three years, but not only is Austria right next door to Hungary (which makes sense for a back-to-backer), but Graz- the major Austrian city about where the race is being held- is just four hours driving time away. Seriously, these two race tracks are the two closest together. The winner of the race could have a party at the Red Bull Ring, load the cars up, and be in Budapest by bedtime.

    F1 really needs some people with a much better understanding of logistics.

    1. Sebee says:

      If you have races back to back in very close proximity they fight to sell expensive F1 tickets in same geographic areas to same fans. If you split them up with some time in between you let fans recover and consider going to both. Just a theory.

    2. Tank says:

      I’ve often wondered about this: why do they head over to Canada, America and Brazil three different times throughout the year? Why aren’t Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore closer together, or Bahrain and Abu Dhabi for that matter?

      I get there are some races that are better off at some times of the year, and others that make up the numbers that are buried in the calendar – but does it make a lot of sense to send an already logistically intensive sport traipse around the world unnecessarily?

      1. Anil says:

        It’s different with Canada and America due to the weather. A summer race in Texas would be far too hot and a November slot for Canada would require snow tyres :)

      2. Tyres says:

        Snow grandprixs…..man that would be entertaining! Lets chuck some ice in there for good measure! Could be entertaining.

      3. Simon Donald says:

        The first race in Montreal was held at the start of October and it was only 5c and pouring with rain on race day!

      4. Mohammed Al-Momen says:

        For Bahrain and Abu Dhabi they are both in the Gulf region so for me if I go to one might not go to the other (I live in Saudi which is next to both). But if they spread them out I wouldn’t mind going to both

  2. franed says:

    The Sporting regs say a maximum of 20 races per season. Will they be re-written to suit Bernie again? Most teams are against any more than 20 races.
    The Korean venue was heartily condemned as it had virtually no hotel facilities, with brothels used instead. Still why build a hotel if it will be empty for 51 weeks per year. It would be nice to be able to see the length of the start/finish straight next year; altogether depressing.

  3. Matt says:

    Sad to see India go.. They must have spent a fortune getting that off the ground.. Nice to see Austria back on the calendar though.

    1. leukocyte says:

      Interesting that India was postponed/dropped for the reason that hosting races in October and then 6 months later in April would be impossible – however Korea seems to be ok to do the same!

    2. Jim says:

      Allegedly it’s to facilitate permanently moving the Indian GP to an earlier slot – having the 2014 race near the end of the season and then the 2015 race near the beginning was going to be too close together.

      We’ll see how it works out….

  4. John Gibson says:

    Interesting that all the big government-backed projects are the ones that are looking vulnerable, given that this was the model that Ecclestone wanted to see replicated in Europe as “the only way” for the more traditional races to survive.

    1. W Johnson says:

      Given India’s track record for government bureacracy, particularly with tax, I am surprised Bernie ever selected India….the last thing the small F1 teams need are specific tax surcharges for importing car parts.

      1. Sanjog says:

        Agree..not helpful for any of the teams but particularly hard on the cash-strapped ones

  5. John Gibson says:

    Also noting that there appears to be a definitive shift to avoid the races at the tail end of the season requiring early starts for the European TV audience – in fact, the final three would be in prime-time late afternoon/evening slots.

  6. Your Name Here says:

    The best possible outcome would be to eliminate Korea and keep the 3 new.. no one would miss Korea.. and Mexico and Austria are amazing circuits.. lets give Russia a chance as well.. please Bernie.. please..

    1. Stephen Taylor says:

      Russia can be scrapped for all I care but at least we agree about Korea. Glad Austria is back.

    2. Cuba says:

      Dropping Korea would leave a three week gap just as we’re getting started.
      Just saying.

      1. Your Name Here says:

        You can always adjust the calendar a bit..

      2. Simmo says:

        It is still a provisional calendar. It could be adjusted still.

        But if not then yes, that would be annoying.

  7. Zombie says:

    I wish they would ditch Malaysia for Imola or even India. The spectator count for the Sepang GP has been steadily on a decline, the character of the circuit makes dramas quite rare.

    1. Pete says:

      Rare? Perhaps.

      But when it rains it pours :)

    2. Trent says:

      Sepang is a great track, and usually a good race, in my opinion

    3. forestial says:

      I agree, and would say the same about China. But of course neither the spectator count nor the drama are Bernie’s concern as long as the race fee gets paid.

    4. Andrew says:

      Lack of drama in Malaysia? Multi 21 Seb!

      1. Simmo says:

        Plus, when the rain falls… You know about it. Which I guess is a reason that makes spectators not go. And the hour delay that comes with it. But when you’re watching at home it gets interesting :D

    5. Malaysia is probably the best Tilke F1 track.

      The attendance, has actually been on the up since 2011 although there was a steady decline in the mid-noughties.

      For having been there, I’d say it is probably one of the best tracks to see an F1 car run on. There is a lack of atmosphere which the challenging sweeping turns make up for as far as I am concerned.

      One of the great features of that track is that you can also see half of the circuit from the middle of the South Main grandstand.

      And I didn’t even talk about the parties in KL after the on track activities have finished…

  8. goferet says:

    Oh yeah! A 21 race calendar >>> I like!

    And with India slated for a comeback in 2015, are we looking at a 22 race season. I believe the teams will have a say about this new look F1.

    Anyway a very promising year for the fans with a cocktail of tracks and difference venues across the globe and best of all 3 new locations.

    Yes surprised the New Jersey deal didn’t fall through but as a consolation we get at least get Mexico in it’s place.

    But am not too sure the Austin organizers will be that dismayed with their grid slot especially if the championship is yet to be settled = maximum exposure.

    Right, my last wish would be for Korea not to renew it’s contract and for Turkey to get back in there >>> much better track.

    1. KRB says:

      Bernie can’t run a 21-race season without unanimous approval by the teams. Max is 20 otherwise.

  9. Bill Nuttall says:

    Let’s hope they don’t ruin the circuit in Mexico with pointless chicanes etc, as back in the ’80s/’90s that circuit was absolutely epic. I would highly recommend doing a YouTube search for “Nigel Mansell Mexico 1990″, that guy had balls of steel!

    1. Trent says:

      I feel certain that the circuit will look nothing like that, unfortunately.

      There’s no way the Peraltada will remain as it was. Now that was a corner…

    2. KRB says:

      Great stuff, great pass around the outside by Mansell. Those cars just look so low, so sleek.

  10. Tornillo Amarillo says:

    Mexico is a boost… Checo Campeón!

  11. Bedford bore says:

    The key question for a supposed professional sport is……what the xxxx? Calendar announced for events just six months away? All major corporations have set the 2014 budgets…. Serious about sponsors? Why not set the calendar minimum fifteen months in advance? Like golf, tennis, athletics, soccer tournaments…. even village tiddlywinks winks…. Why does last minute deal doing and petulant politics dictate the calendar? And thereby affect every other form of Motorsport, making F 1′s delays cause chaos for every other form of two and four wheel sport?

  12. Stephen Taylor says:

    If Andrew Benson says Mexico will probably not go ahead then in my view it has every chance of going ahead.

  13. andrew says:

    With Dubai hosting winter testing this year, can a full-blown race be far off? (Maybe Bahrain will be sacrificed for Dubai?)

  14. John Turner says:

    No Valencia either, and I thought that was a Bernie Project too! Be interesting to see what happens with Korea, if not this Year, then 2015 with ‘return’ of India and the ongoing possibility of New Jersey means that somethings got to give.

    1. Harshad says:

      Korea will make way to accommodate India in 2015.
      i.e atleast I haven’t heard Korea contract being renewed (if any) beyond 2014.
      Among-st the current circuits “Spa” is loss making one, I just hope they don’t dump “Spa” in favor of New Jersey!

      1. Simmo says:

        Spa is one of the true greats. For them to dump it… I can only think of one word:

        Rash.

        P.S. Does anybody know of the latest of the French GP returning? Or has it been dropped now?

  15. Andrew M says:

    Can’t say I’m sad to see India go, although it was barely given a chance. Korea wouldn’t be a big loss either.

    Especially glad the A1 ring is making a return, will have to suck it up and call it by it’s new name eventually I guess…

    1. Random 79 says:

      The Vettel Ring?

      1. Snailtrail says:

        Yes apparently there will be devices installed into the track that remove front wings from the other cars and other such devices…

      2. Random 79 says:

        Yep, the prototype which made it’s debut in Malaysia was a huge success.

        Now Webber is helping develop their wheel removing device, which they’re expecting to test again during the next few races with the hope that it will be ready for competition in 2014.

      3. Sebee says:

        That was going to be my line.

        You’ve got to be quick around here, I tell ya!

      4. Random 79 says:

        Snooze, you lose ;)

  16. Sebee says:

    What a great looking grid in this post photo!

    Looked just about like that, unchanged for 1/2 a decade.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Apparently Alonso is a big fan of that photo ;)

  17. Erik says:

    Looking forward to the A1 ring, have fond memories of Montoya and Schu going at it! Though I think it’s scheduled too close to Hungary. May drop the attendance rate at the Hungaroring till the novelty of the new A1 wears off.

  18. mhigtx says:

    Haha calling Austin close to the border is generous. Its about like London is close to Rome depending on which part of the border. The more serious issue is the fact much of the northern part of mexico is close to anarchy with the drug cartels ravaging that beautiful country. The old days of going to matamorus (sp) while in the valey are sadly long gone. Therefore the Austin people have reason to worry as much oof the Mexicans were probabably from Mexico city and the coastal regions.

    1. Matt (AUS) says:

      OK MHIGTX, lets get a few things straight:

      1) Austin is 3 hours away from the border to Mexico – peanuts.

      2) The Northern part of Mexico is almost irrelevant. The only way to Austin (Really) from Mexico is through Neuvo Laredo on the I-35…which is about as far South on the border as you can get.

      The proximity of the Austin & Mexico GPs is a legitimate concern for the USGP organizers.

      1. Mark Hilger says:

        For some reason I was thinking it was 2.5 hours from Austin to San Antonio by itself then another couple of hours down to the border.

        Either way we both agree that if there were that many people from Mexico there is reason to be concerned.

  19. Joe S says:

    I’m very disappointed about New Jersey. Street tracks are usually great but in America they always are. Been looking forward to this a lot since it was first announced but now it could be all over.

    I don’t like Austin much either, I find it a shame that if one of the American races had to fail, it couldn’t be Austin where interest will surely start to decline within a few years.

    1. Random 79 says:

      I respect the fact that you don’t like the Austin circuit (even if I don’t understand why you don’t) but it has to be a good thing for F1 in the US to have a great looking dedicated F1 circuit.

    2. Liam in Sydney says:

      Yep… just like the NJ one would have too.

  20. Graham Bowman says:

    Mr. Allen. Ok, say that all stays this way. I can get time off work for any race upto belguim. I have been to spa and Hungary already. Please give me your opinon of which race I should attend???

    1. James Allen says:

      If you can afford it, Montreal is fantastic

      1. Gary says:

        Monaco. I know, not the best race, but that is not the point. It is the classic F1 event; quintessential. Go for broke, like me. Get access to a balcony at St Devote, in Ermanno Palace. This year I was in Olivier Beretta’s Grandma’s apartment. Sweet lady!

  21. Zippy says:

    Uh, the Österreichring was renamed the A1-Ring for sponsorship reasons in the first place! If you refuse to call it the Red Bull Ring, call it the Österreichring, Zeltweg or Spielberg.

  22. Jack says:

    How is Bahrain still on the calender? Biggest shake of the head race. The country is struggling yet they have an F1 race so the marshals can watch?

    1. Snailtrail says:

      Its called oil money…and thank Bernie for that!

  23. KRB says:

    Wanted NJ to get on there, was going to plan a trip to NY/NJ around it. Sebee will be put out by the news.

    As for Austin, I think it’s a great track, and a great backdrop. Austin sounds like a very cool town. Only thing that wigs me out about that one would be Texas’ loose concealed carry laws.

    1. Mark Hilger says:

      Austin a very cool town and pretty liberal. It isn’t Eugene Oregon but it isn’t Fort Worth either. Don’t let the concealed carry laws worry you. Especially since the looser the concealed carry law the safer the state. Or lets put it this way all the mass shootings except for one or two in the last 30 years have been in “Gun Free Zones”.

      I only wished I was going to be able to go but I am traveling the week before and the week after plus after just having moved I am pretty much broke for the next 30 years.

  24. Giedrius says:

    As long as it starts with Australia and finishes with Brasil its all good.

    1. Stefan says:

      Agreed. I am pleased that the opening will stay with Melbourne, particularly after all the speculation about a Bahrain start next year.
      The slippery surface of Melbourne testing out the power of the newly introduced turbo engines. Also the walls of the circuit may prove to be unforgiving for some. It should be an interesting start to the season.

      Also looking forward to seeing some of the new tracks and old ones return.
      So much to look forward to next year!

  25. Giorgio says:

    Is that the pic of /03 or /04?

  26. Colin Watt says:

    Hopefully Korea will not happen nor re-appear.(Pity Bahrain couldn’t disappear as well!) It doesn’t come across well on tv with what appears to be a crowd-less event. Contrast this with a packed Silverstone or Monza – the atmosphere can be sensed through the tv and forms an integral part of the spectacle. Imagine watching the FA cup final with the stands empty! Pity to see India off but good to see Mexico back. Who can forget Mansell’s overtake of Berger at the last corner in 1990?

  27. F1mix says:

    I thought Valencia was to host the Spanish Grand Prix in 2014?

  28. Rishi says:

    I wonder if we’re getting into an era of bi-annual calendars for certain venues. Basic Idea: Core venues (classic venues, and fairly well-established new tracks – Malaysia, China, Singapore, Abu Dhabi e.g.) will be hosted every year while less-established ones (Mexico, Austria, Korea, India, Russia) will be every other year depending on what can be fitted in. That said, I’m not sure governments would want to make an investment under that kind of system and I do believe India will be back in 2015 once they are able to shift it to earlier in the season (in 2014 the General Election makes this difficult to achieve). Even so, it’ll be an interesting few years ahead for the F1 calendar – even by recent standards.

  29. alex says:

    i wish to see the Malaysian f1 date 28-30 march…..

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