The final cut of the 2014 Formula 1 calendar has been published by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
As expected, the Grands Prix in Korea, New Jersey and Mexico have been dumped from the provisional 22-race calendar published in September, leaving a 19-race schedule that – for the most part – remains similar to the 2013 schedule.
|16 MAR||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne|
|30 MAR||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur|
|06 APR||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|20 APR||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|11 MAY||Gran Premio de España||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona|
|25 MAY||Grand Prix de Monaco||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|08 JUN||Grand Prix du Canada||Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|22 JUN||Großer Preis von Österreich||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|06 JUL||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|20 JUL||Großer Preis von Deutschland||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim|
|27 JUL||Magyar Nagydíj||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|24 AUG||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps|
|07 SEP||Gran Premio d’Italia||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza|
|21 SEP||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|05 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Circuit, Suzuka|
|12 OCT||Russian Grand Prix*||Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, Sochi|
|02 NOV||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|09 NOV||Grande Prêmio do Brasil||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
|23 NOV||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
* Subject to FIA homologation of the circuit
With the Korean and Indian Grands Prix missing, in come Austria (returning from a ten-year absence) and the new Grand Prix at Russia, which will require the circuit to have final homologation from the FIA before the event can go ahead.
Not unexpected financial problems have led to the demise of the Korean Grand Prix – an event unpopular for everyone except the drivers – while a combination of cash and construction hold-ups ensured the New Jersey and Mexican events were also canned. Both events’ organisers have indicated their intention to be on the 2015 calendar, however.
The back end of the calendar sees some reshuffling, with the Japanese and Russian races swapping positions, while Abu Dhabi has been moved as the season’s curtain-closer to allow it to be paired with a possible end-of-year ‘Young Drivers’ test.
In turn, the Grands Prix at Austin and São Paulo have been moved forward in the calendar.
While the 2014 calendar features the same number of races as 2013, some of the scheduling will present the teams with significant travel cost increases due to a number of flyaway races being positioned as standalone events that should have – in all logic – been paired together.
Each of the four opening flyaway races – in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain and China – are a fortnight apart, meaning the teams will have to weigh up whether they send their crew home for barely a week in between or keep them in the Asia-Pacific region for upwards of a month.