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