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Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Sep 2013   |  5:56 pm GMT  |  130 comments

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

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1

I think it’s great to be back in Mexico.

But does it need that many races? The engineers, drivers, everyone working for the teams, all work very hard during the season. They have to have some spare time where they can hesitate, get power to work on next year’s cars… Like the forced downtime during the summer there should be something like that during the winter.

2

Can’t imagine this is the final calendar; we’re bound to lose at least 1 or 2 races.

There’s other logistical problems of course, but one that strikes me straight off the bat is having Australia as a standalone event. This means teams will have to fly all the way back to the UK and then fly out again to Malaysia shortly afterwards. Surely it works just fine in its current back-to-back permutation – why have they changed that?

I also want to echo a poster up-thread who wonders why Monaco can’t shunt back a week to be paired with Spain. This would give teams an extra week to coordinate freight movement to the USA and negotiate customs. Perhaps the FIA are deep-down assuming New Jersey won’t actually happen.

Also, if Korea isn’t ultimately included on the calendar then China becomes ANOTHER standalone race with big gaps either side.

This is not a cost-effective, logically flowing calendar, that’s for sure. I’m not hugely fussed at the number of races, but the spacing of events needs more thought.

3

For us fans it is great to have more races, but I think it is too much not only for the teams, but for the drivers too

4

James,

Do you think the Indian GP has a realistic chance to come in 2015 or its curtains down ?

-Rang

5

If they can sort out the financial and red tape details – yes. It’s due to come back on in early 2015

6

Bernie said in the interview for an Italian magazine that Europe might lose a couple of race. For financial reason exclusively. His task is to make sure F1 earns as much as possible and he’s just doing so. It’s not his fault big money is outside Europe.

However, I wonder whether the teams are happy to race far away from their factories. It must cost a fortune to ship equipment to different corners of the globe.

7

I’m not certain about the need for Jersey, but I like Mexico.

If Mexico is also good, then all of the American races will be good ones.

8

I can’t wait for the Antarctica Gran Prix!

9

The value of the tv deals will be changed if the new land line link to Biggin Hill is properly exploited. The main audience could switch to the internet.

10

People say to drop Bahrain but with their royal family being shareholders in McLaren, plus the money they must pay Ecclestone, it’s unfortunately unlikely. Surely out of all current tracks, Korea will go next.

11

If there is a track to go off the current calendar it will be Korea (I reckon). They will use the same reason as India for this year, and then it will probably never return.

12

I’ll bet Seb is thrilled with the extra races. More races = more records to set.

Me, I could watch a GP every weekend but I feel for the team members being away from home for so long. It costs big money to run a F1 car even for a lap. I can’t imagine how the less well off teams would cope with extra races, extra engines, transmissions, tyres etc.

20 max but get rid of Monaco and Silverstone.

13

Why? What’s wrong with Silverstone?

14

It was just for a reaction 😉 I’m an Aussie and couldn’t resist.

I love watching the Silverstone race.

15

Hahaha 🙂

16

Am I correct in saying that there are plans for post-race testing at 4 of the European GPs this year? Where do these fit in?

17

New circuits always seem to excite the fans. Of course after a couple of races in many of the new venues, many fans wish F1 had not gotten there in the first place.

Many of the classic venues of F1 are gone now. I think it is not right for France not to have a GP anymore as an example. But so it goes.

That is one reason I personally would like to see Monaco remain on the calendar. It might not be the most exciting race of the year, but it holds its own compere to many other tracks.

Finally. 20 races to me seem about on the high end of the right number of races in a season. Yes the long gaps in between races in the summer are not much fun in mid-season, yet the anticipation it brings makes it just fine. We all need our summer vacation time.

Marc

18

By the way, accoringto this calendar we’ll hit Barcalona instead of Valencia, weren’t they doing a rotation like Nurburgring and Hockenheim?We’ve had Barcalona this year so nxt year should be Valencia.

19

That’s what I was wondering. It seems odd. I have heard that Barcelona are being fussy about sharing the event.

Anyways, no complaints from me 🙂

20
Valentino from montreal

Formula One should have a GP on the island of Sicily !

21

There was a Grand Prix there in the 1960’s. I believe it was a non-championship race though. The 1962 race was won by Lorenzo Bandini.

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Valentino from montreal

Did not know that ! Thanks WP …

23

Can we please drop Barhain and Korea? In Barhain there is always political issues. And Korea not only lacks fans but also they lack the right infrastructure in the area around the circuit.

24

Monaco is a place where lot of business contracts used to get signed. More than F1, it is all about glitz, glamour and the atmosphere. You got to be there with lot of money to really experience all of it.

25

Who’s to say more contracts are not signed on Wall Street, across the river from New Jersey each day?

26

They can have their mid season party there in VJ’s yacht and sign all the contracts.. They just don’t need to race there: I appreciate the history of the place.. But thats all it should be.

27

Too much. Especially if someone runs away with the championship again, there’ll be clattering about the planet for nothing. All this cost cutting and engine adjustment to be more environmentally aware and then a nearly year long world tour on planes…

28

We don’t need NJ we don’t need Monaco (seriously )

29

Absolutely. Finally, someone who agrees with me on this. Sadly though, Monaco will probably remain until a driver gets killed there. Even then, will it be axed? It’s doubtful.

30

Completely agree, keep the race cars on race tracks.

31

I don’t know about NJ, but Monaco is where the money is. That will never leave the calendar. I believe it’s the only race that doesn’t pay Bernie a fee, which shows just how much it’s worth to the sport.

32

I hope it stays like that, I love back to back races.

33

What happened to India?

34

They are making a move like Korea is, from the end of the year to the start, but they (whoever that is) decided that 6 months was too soon for India, so the next GP will be in 2015. Hopefully.

35

Once the good citizens of NJ realize that staging this race will mean large chunks of their badly needed tax dollars being siphoned off to BE & friends I believe it will quietly disappear from the calendar.

36

on the flip side, the event will generate jobs and revenue for business. It’s hard to tell without looking into the details. Christie is running for governor, I’m sure he’s got an answer to similar statement re tax $ vs. not prepared.

37

James,

Is Germany’s slot on the calender looking a bit more secure now?

38

There are others more doubtful, put it that way!

39

What’s happening with the alternating Spanish GP? Is it only Catalonia now?

40

What if the new races were held in France, Portugal, Netherlands, and Switzerland?

41

Sadly motor racing is banned in Switzerland, so that won’t happen.

But an alternating race between PR and MC in France, and a race in Estoril in Portugal would be good!

42

I wouldn’t mind seeing Bahrain and Monaco Go, especially after this years Snoozefest in the Principality.

43

One thing I spotted on the FIA website is that under the new 2013 Concorde Agreement is a new tendering process for appointing single suppliers for tyres AND FUEL.

How will this affect individual teams’ sponsorship contracts with their own individual fuel suppliers?

44

I would hate to see fixed fuel. Tyres I am fine with, as these have always changed, but fuel partnerships in F1 are very big – just look at Ferrari and Shell!

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