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Posted By: James Allen  |  20 Nov 2013   |  4:12 pm GMT  |  142 comments

A revised version of the 2014 F1 calendar was circulating at the weekend in Austin, with 19 races instead of the 22 announced by the FIA at its most recent World Motor Sports Council meeting.

It looks likely that there will be three casualties: New Jersey will not be ready for next year, but circuit consultant Chris Pook said in Austin that he believes the circuit is viable for 2015. Mexico will not appear, but there is a strong appetite for a race, depending on the future of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez. Meanwhile there were briefings in October that Korea would go ahead, but it now looks as though it will not be on the calendar after all.

Abu Dhabi will become the final race, with a tyre test to follow in the week after, as in the Bridgestone days. Japan will be paired with the inaugural Russian GP.

Meanwhile Melbourne will be on its own as the season opener, two weeks before Malaysia. Although this seems illogical, there are commercial reasons for this, connected to a key sponsor of one of the events.

There are a few rejigs to take place, before the final calendar is issued on December 6th at the final WMSC meeting of 2013.

2014 F1 calendar (Expected)
16 March – Australia

30 March – Malaysia
6 April – Bahrain

20 April – China

11 May – Spain
25 May – Monaco

8 June – Canada
22 June – Austria

6 July – GB
20 July – Germany
27 July – Hungary;

24 August – Belgium

7 Sep Italy
21 Sep Singapore

5 Oct Japan
12 Oct Russia

26 Oct USA
2 Nov Brazil

16 Nov Abu Dhabi

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Wasn’t 2010 Abu Dhabi at least exciting technically? Alonso and Webber choked and Vettel began his streak by being the one not to mess it up. It was at least riveting. 2012 Abu Dhabi was also interesting with Vettel storming through the crowd and Kimi winning. This year and 2011 had more to do with Vettel clinching so early and making Singapore on boring. 2009 was a weird year where Brawn dominated for the first half when Ross found the loophole for the double diffuser and by the time everyone caught up Button had a commanding lead that he had to just hold on to as they couldn’t match development.

I don’t really see the big problem with Abu Dhabi other than the fact that it isn’t a classic race. Is there really ANY reason Monaco exists other than the fact that it is Monaco?

I want to see Mexico just to see how the cars are different at 2500 meters. Would it make Aero like less effective or more important? Would the turbos counteract the altitude enough where the current engines would lose at least 20% of their power.

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Is there any risk of the Russian race not happening? Is the circuit ready?

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Abu Dhabi can host the “Camels by Candlelight” race after Brazil after the title is decided.Both drivers in each team ride a 2 humped camel with the lead driver up front and the 2nd driver having the whip – he gas the choice if whipping a) the camel or b) his team mate. ( pref a balance of both) If he whips the team mate and they loose the race he automatically gets dropped from the team in 2015. In the case of someone -retiring well we all know how that ends! : )

4

Will the camels have blown exhausts?

5

Hope not… Imagine the poor so & so in the following camel!

6

Like everybody else, I think it’s a shame that the calendar does not end in Brazil. I think it is one of the multiple things that prove that F1 is more of a business than a sport. I am looking forward to the post Bernie Ecclestone era. Hopefully he is prosecuted and declared guilty so the change comes earlier, because if he is declared innocent he will stay until he dies!

7

Quite pleased with that, 22 is just too many, as is 20. When we had 17 – 18 per year that was fine.

Really happy to see Austria back, just need to get a French GP back now. A lot of people shouting for Imola, indeed it is a great track but I remember the racing there generally pretty dull with few passing places.

Wont be sad to see the back of Korea, soulless place and track, mind you so are China, India, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. I think I echo everyone elses sentiments in saying Abu Dhabi is not a fitting place for the season finale.

They really should consider rotating these far eastern tracks if they insist on keeping them. Bahrain, China, Abu Dhabi, India, Korea and Malaysia are all basically the same track with Malaysia being the pick of the litter. Singapore too while I’m sure is a fantastic place to go is an absolute bore fest, just Valencia with lights.

8

I live an easy drive from magny cours

went to one GP ; never again ,dreadful place

9

Disappointed Bahrain is staying on the 6th. I was planning to go this year but it clashes with the Grand National and my F1 buddy has to work that weekend. James, can you put a word in? 🙂

The calender will never be perfect, but at least this year there is not Glastonbury clash.

10

I hadn’t noticed the no Glasto clash next year. It was very surreal leaving the Glastonbury bubble this year to discover that the F1 world had literally exploded, all over Silverstone! It was the only race I missed all year

11

We managed to find a 6 inch screen to watch the race on in the back of a campervan. The only consolation for having seen Lewis’ win explode in front of us was seeing The XX close the Other stage and enjoying some very moreish flapjacks. 😉

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Glad you have your priorities right 😉

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Dear James,

Any chance of the viewers choice of Brazil to be the last race being heard by the FIA?

Regards

Vivek

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None! Bernie makes the calendar, not the FIA. They rubber stamp it

15

🙁

Cruel blow to my plans to go for the Abu Dhabi race next year. [Sob]

Some one please restore to its original date.

16

How does he come up with the order?

“I like to go here first. Then there. I really like this place in November, since everybody already has moustaches.”

17

In a way, switching off at Abu Dhabi does close the season.

Last one out, please remember to switch off the lights.

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@Ben

I thought they were based on €€€. Oh well. Abu Dhabi is pretty beautiful place though. Race ending in the dark and all.

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The same way he makes most of his decisions all based on £££. I imagine Abu Dhabi are paying a massive premium to host the last race!

20

Why can’t it end like this year – Abu Dhabi, followed by US & Brazil. This is not nice.

Abudhabi must precede Brazil. Please …

21

Austin’s calendar will also have to be based around the Big XII gridiron calendar (Texas Longhorns, whose marching band performed on the grid in Austin) and starting in 2015, may need to be moved up earlier into October to run on the Charlotte NASCAR weekend since that is a Saturday night race and Austin F1 can have Sunday all to itself, which NBC, which will be in the third year of a four-year F1 deal and the first year of a ten-year NASCAR deal. NBC’s television deal with NASCAR (starts 2015) requires seven of the ten playoff races to be FTA (the three weekends which they are on NBCSN, a subscription channel, will likely include the week of golf’s FedEx Cup playoff deciders and the President’s Cup), and NBC’s four FTA F1 races are grouped as Monaco, Montreal, Austin, and Interlagos, though in 2015 we could see more FTA races.

NBC would love to have an Austin/Miami doubleheader with the F1 race starting at 12:30 PM CT (1:30 PM ET), with Miami starting at 4 PM, and their top-rated TV show starting at 7:45 PM ET in November starting in 2015, however.

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Good see A-1 ring (Red Bull ring) back on the calender

23

Is there anyone that is happy about Abu Dhabi being the final race?

It didn’t work in 2010, I doubt it will work in 2014.

I know it’s a slim chance, but please guys: Give us Brazil! 🙂

24

Abu Dhabi 2010 was a perfect race to end the season.

“Use the best of your talent. We know how big it is. Use it.”

He did and ended up 7th. It was a joy to watch 😀

25

That was the best race for me. And how about the [I]waltz[/I] with Petrov on the slow down lap? That was a thriller!!

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Agree, I wasn’t even going to watch the race as I was sure Alonso was going to win the WDC, I turned the TV just to see what was happening and boom, Alonso stucked behind Petrov and making silly mistakes trying to pass. In that way it was really a very good season ending.

28

Seeing as the season ends at the worst track, I hope the title is wrapped up at Brazil so we can all skip it.

Bbc highlights do just fine.

29

Thought they’ve been avoiding racing over Easter, which is April 20th.

Is Bahrain gonna be a night race next year? There was some talk of that.

30

I haven’t watched the last 3 races, probably won’t bother with the next and can’t muster a whole lot of enthusiasm for next season. This for a long-time fan who started watching in the Mansell/Prost/Senna/Piquet era.

One team or driver dominating the sport takes all the fun out of it, and the fragile tyres prevent the drivers showing what they’re really capable of.

31

Wow, the Abu Dhabi finale appears to have generated more consensus than any other issue on this site.

You can add my vote (for Brazil) to that lot too!

32

Oh no, with Abu Dhabi being the last race of the season, the Championship fight won’t be a lot of fun to watch if there is still a fight going by the end of the season. Whenever the Championship fight goes to Brazil anything can happen, Abu Dhabi whoever has track position will win it…it’s gonna suck!!!

33

Singapore is a waste of energy, not one interesting race in five years, Russia circuit looks dull and predictable, still they insist on Barcelona despite it being the dullest race of the year.every.single.year. And yet all people complain about is Abu Dhabi. Open your eyes to the bigger picture dullards.

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Echoing the thoughts of others, very disappointed that Abu Dhabi is the final race. It is a terrible race to end the season with.

Lets hope this changes in one of the next half-dozen iterations of the calendar that are bound to be released between now and 2014.

This sport never ceases to amaze how late it can leave such seemingly important decisions.

35

I hate long breaks between races. Especially during the start of the season. But some teams will be happy because they can do some catch up by copying … or should I say plagiarising?

36

The order of those last 6 races makes no sense whatsoever. Why not Russia, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Japan, USA, Brazil? And while they’re at it they can switch China and Bahrain too

37

I hate to be negative when looking forward to a new season of F1, but what a shame that Brazil has been replaced as the season finale by Abu Dhabi. Even though this year’s championship is decided I’m still getting excited about watching the action at Interlagos on Sunday. I can’t imagine having quite the same sense of anticipation if it was Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Having said that, I can’t wait for the new regs and the Kimi / Fernando show, so bring it on!!!

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Dear Fernando,

I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Try to do better than 8 out of 10 in 2014.

Hugs,

Luca.

That’s probably what the card will say after this quote. OUCH!

>

Asked to rank Alonso’s season, president Montezemolo told CNN: “A good eight out of ten.”

39

Oh how I would laugh if Ferrari DO build a good car and in his 1st year back Kimi does it again.

Honestly that would make my Motorsport Decade : )

40

While I have enormous respect for Alonso’s talent, I would also very much enjoy that 🙂

41

Not sure about the hugs bit 😉

42

Pretty sure there is a gift-wrapped hunting knife somewhere…

43

Asked to rank Luca di Montezemolo, knowledgeable F1onJA fans told us:

(please reply with your comments)

(here’s mine) for a team producing the 4th best car by season end behind “a barely surviving financially striken team” and a “soft drinks manufacturer” LdM is rated a “room to improve 5/10”.

44

Maybe the worst thing is not that they are finishing with the 4th best car (I think actually is equal third with Mercedes), but that they started the season been the best or equal to Red Bull. But at least they are doing something to try to fix their problems, hiring new guys, fixing the wind tunnel and so on, for that efforts I will give him a 6/10 but if next year these problems continue, he will drop to 4/10.

45

No need to add more, you’ve covered it perfectly 🙂

46

+100 LMAO

47

PS: Still, remember you are the best driver Ferrari has ever had. I promise this year the “toy” will be good enough.

48

But… next year, the toy will have to be shared with the new sibling.

49

And that sibling is the last Ferrari WDC!

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P.P.S. …and when I say best driver Ferrari ever had I am asking you to forget that guy who won 5 in a row, who’s face you see all over the place including on your pasta plates, and after whom a whole bunch of stuff is named around here. Also, you should probably forget that other guy we re-hired who…well…would you believe it, is a Ferrari WDC. Cherio.

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Err … a driver who didn’t win a championship for Ferrari ..?? … Stefano recently said it was Schumi the best they ever had 🙂

52

And there we were trying to figure out which was the one out of NJ, Mexico and Korea which would be dropped to fit a 20 race calender.

And the answer? All of them!

So who picked it? Own up 🙂

53

I was hoping none would get dropped. More races means more chances to enjoy Vettel domination. 🙂

Although according to pattern 2014 will be closer than this year.

54

Let’s hope so.

There has something wrong with watching a race and hoping the leader has a mechanical failure of some kind just to shake things up.

55

Brazil is a no brainer as the finale. It ensures a primetime slot in Europe, is on a popular and exciting track in front of an extremely passionate audience.

Instead we get Abu Dullbi.

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For a sport worried about cost, they have a real habit of not grouping races that are close together on the map…surely they should look at this, that would be one way of reducing their costs a bit.

I do realise you do not want them too close together, for fear of losing fans…

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Actually cost is the reason to put Bahrain where it is considering the transport is partially subsidized by Qatar owned airlines.

Russia is the only one that is a difficult stretch but with the Airport facility built for the Olympics sitting unused that will be fairly cheap in general.

On a weather level you could never do Montreal and Austin in the same time period unless you like 46 degree track temps.

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The danger of losing fans is of much greater financial concern than the difference between long-haul and short-haul flights. Having races close together not only puts travelling fans off, it also means that races in the same time zone are clustered together which affects live TV audiences.

59

Put travelling fans off? If we’re going to fly all the way to the other side of the world, I’d rather have more than one race to watch when I get there! I recently did Japan and South Korea because they are so close (date wise and geographically).

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