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F1 set for 19 races next season as New Jersey is forced to postpone race
Posted By: James Allen  |  19 Oct 2012   |  4:17 pm GMT  |  89 comments

The 2013 F1 calendar looks set to feature just 19 races after organisers of the inaugural New Jersey Grand Prix were forced to postpone the race to 2014 due to delays over building.

F1 insiders suggest that the selling of the race to potential partners in the riverside track project has also proved difficult and that the organisers are regrouping in order to secure the funding to ensure a successful 2014 event.

“We are going to be racing at Port Imperial, unfortunately just not as soon as we hoped and expected,” said the promoter, Leo Hindery, Jr. “We promised Governor Christie, the Towns, the sport and its international fans the best possible experience, and unfortunately we need additional time to ensure that happens.

“We remain 100% committed to the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial and the race could have no better partner and friend than the CEO of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone,” said Mr. Hindery. “We benefit greatly from his experience and counsel and from his support.”

This news has been coming for some time. F1’s CEO Bernie Ecclestone had flagged up some problems last month and now says that the promoter ran out of time ahead of the June date next season, but he is keen to see the race take place in 2014. Much of the F1 community hopes that the race against the backdrop of the New York City skyline will make it onto the calendar,

“They’ve run out of time,” Ecclestone told the Guardian. “There’s all sorts of things, and they didn’t quite think it all through. They’ve had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late. They couldn’t get everything ready in time. That’s the bottom line.”

The 2014 calendar is also due to feature the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, on a circuit built from the Winter Olympic facilities due to be used for the Games in February 2014.

F1 in the USA was however boosted this week with the news that NBC is to carry coverage of the Grands Prix.

NBC is one of the oldest and best established of the US TV networks and will offer some of the races on its main network and some on its free to air cable offering. This should open the sport up to the US audience.

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Speed channel used to be SpeedVision. The main guy there was/ is a F1 fan. Fox bought them out and that guy moved to Versus (tv). Versus got Indy car and did a good job of it. NBC bought Versus – now NBC Sports. I think they will do a good job of it. I’m hoping for 2 things: 1) promo the Hell out of the races. If you advertise enough out of anything, people will tune in. Look at what ESPN did for NASCAR. There were adverts for the NASCAR races a couple of times every hour. 2) Bring the crew over from Speed. Steve Machett, Bob Varsha & David Hobbs do a great job. They frequently catch on what’s happening to the race even though the world feed might not be showing it. I remember Monaco 1996, they said half way through, Panis is putting in times fast enough to win this even though the cameras weren’t picking him up. Besides the announcers at Speed, their producer and director are F1 fans as they really help the announcers on picking up key points. Hobbs, sadly though, might take this time to retire- he’s getting up there in age. NBC Sports- advertise, advertise, advertise.


This must be the first time in forty or so yeears that every race will be in a different country?


They just need to return to Watkin Glen. This race twinned with Montreal makes the most sense.


Unfortunately, this looks like it will never get off the ground. And with Texas established by 2013, NJ will suffer for that. And where are the fans? Yes there are some fans in NJ/NY, but enough to support a motor racing event year on year forever? I think Texas is a much better place with more fans. The southern states just have more pedigree for car and bike racing.


From what Im hearing NBC will have 5 hours of coverage each weekend & the content will be pretty much the same as has been on speed the past decade.

fp2, qualifying + race live with practically no build-up & very little post race.

those expecting nbc to improve things like the number/length of ad-breaks will be dissapointed as they will almost certainly have similar levels (just watch there indycar coverage for example).


James, what do you think to this idea, the grand prix of America, which would give states the right to bring the grand prix to any state year on year. Might even get the odd oval race which would be fascinating?


The poker king by default is Bernie.


OK so we’re a grand prix down next year because of the incompetence of the promoter?


Really disappointed it is not going to happen. The track and the setting look great. Hope it does happen in 2014. Definitely one to go to. The Russian track looks terrible. Hopefully F1 returns to Istanbul Park.


I have this question in my head since some time already. Each time I see a photo of mister Ecclestone, I cannot stop wondering- do photographers deliberately pick moments when he has one eye closed or when his face is expressing everything but good will and peace?


Ecclestone has no sight in his right eye.


Isn’t it crazy how a little while ago the US was not interested in F1 and all of a sudden NJ was an immediate go !- Bernie again. I can’t say it’s a big deal I think Austin looks awesome and the world can use another GP eleswhere -get Turkey back tht would be great. I would love to see one in Russia that would be awesome for the sport & there is no shortage of investors there Bernie!


NBC SportsNetwork is the ESPN of all the secondary sports that a minority of Americans care about. For major American F1 fans like me, the issue is very clear. Bernie gets major US network advertisers that Speed could never attract. NBC would be idiotic not to hire the Speed on-air talent. Varsha, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton are as great and have great institutional knowledge.

As for the New Jersey race, I was shocked when I watched the simulation. It looks like the course is in a ghetto. Who cares if NYC is on the horizon? There is nothing interesting about this proposed course. It is the most boring circuit ever proposed. If they are going to race NY, they should build a circuit near Lime Rock Connecticut and let the hedge funders from the city and Greenwich have their local day in the sun. New Jersey is a complete joke. UBS is a major global sponsor of F1 and has a huge office in Stamford, Connecticut. All of the Wall Street firms would jump on this gig if it was held at a pedigreed site. They will prob go anywhere close, but NJ is a weak choice.


Shame(but no surprise) we have to wait another year. I think F1 already has too many street circuits, but New Jersey does look interesting and quick.

Great news NBC will be showing F1 free to air,had a major network done this years ago F1 would have to be more popular than we hear it is in the US.

slightly off topic..

A question to all,(especially New Yorkers).

I’ll be in NY on Nov25th..Brazil

Does anyone know of an F1 friendly bar in Manhattan?..the closer to the upper east side the better.

I’m told I’ll have cable, but I’d like a back up plan.


Tornillo Amarillo

Every cloud has a silver lining, well, people from the East Cost could just visit Montreal in June!


Just curious, has South Africa expressed any kind of interest in hosting a GP again?

If they could handle a World Cup, surely they could handle a single Grand Prix. Africa is the only continent that does not have a race at the moment.


Next to Antarctica.


OK wiseguy. I meant significantly inhabited continent. 🙂



Love the site.

No more close ups of Bernie though, please.



Could it actually be 18 races next year? I was a bit surprised at the lack of coverage on the inclusion of Bahrain on the calendar. I don’t particularly mind that it’s on, but after all the fuss from earlier this year I was sure there would be a lot more talk about it. Are we going to have to deal with the whole “will it go ahead or not” thing again?


I’m sure that the run up to the race will be troubled again.

Recent criticism of UK Government for its stance on Bahrain GP compared with its stance on Ukraine Euro 2012 football was very interesting


Bring back Adelaide!!!


How about alternating between Albert Park and Adelaide.


I will take a bet on 20 races with u James. Bernie wont let up now he has 20 this year.


I Don’t think NBC sports network is free to air?

Several races were already on fox affiliate network stations and the remainder plus Qualy and FP carried on Speed via cable (in HD)… a dedicated motorsports/automobile channel – Moto GP/round the clock coverage of LeMans/Aussie V8/ etc… etc. Speed is going to now be a baseball channel.

This is most definitely not a good thing for F1 in the US or for motorsport fans.


Generally NBC botches things and I can’t see them getting F1 right. Speed was good but those 4 races aired on CBS ruin everything. Luckily in Canada we pick up the Coulthard feed so its not so bad. For the American coverage to come close to the European coverage there will need to be an American driver. Then you will see the glory of US TV come to F1. Until then, they bid on F1 for the race in Sochi and the Olympics and perhaps with the prospect of 2 US races on the calendar it was a well calculated risk for the network.


In US it will be the ‘same’ as before – just most races on NBC Sports (Cable channel just like Speed) with 4 races on NBC (free-to-air just like Fox).

The only question is how much time will NBC Sports (and worse, NBC) give for F1 coverage??


“Cable channel just like Speed”

There isn’t going to be a cable channel like Speed, or Speed itself anymore since it’s becoming Fox-baseball network.

It will not be the same. Expect more (all?) time shifted races, less or no pre-race coverage. Coverage cut short so that mainstream/scheduled coverage can take place.


Another blow to F1 declining viewing figures.


Oh no, I’m having a shocker.


James is there any update on the Mexican GP returning? The track there is fantastic!


I think in one way this is better. This is good news for Austin actually. I have a feeling that fans will prefer New Jersey to Austin. So a delay won’t be bad.


I didn’t think they’d be ready to go next year. NBC can be great for F1 here, but they’ve done stupid things with their sports programming, like the Olympics. However from what they’ve said, they’re showing all practice sessions, qualifying and the race live so it should be good. (As well as Canada, Abu Dhabi, Austin and Interlagos on the main network which is a boost for F1. I hope NBC handles this right, but there is a little bit of worry from me reguarding NBC.

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