The FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has unveiled a provisional 2014 F1 calendar, which features two new additions of New Jersey and Mexico. Korea has also been named despite rumours it wouldn’t hold an event next year.
The WMSC has also confirmed that Pirelli is likely to continue to supply tyres to competitors in F1 in 2014 and beyond, while it also indicated that it will look to tender a single fuel supplier for the sport – a move that will have the teams and engine-makers up in arms.
The tentative calendar looks like this:
|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|
|27 APR||Korean Grand Prix*||Korean International Circuit, Yeongyam|
|11 MAY||Gran Premio de España||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona|
|25 MAY||Grand Prix de Monaco||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|01 JUN||American Grand Prix||Port Imperial Street Circuit, New Jersey|
|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||Russian Grand Prix*||Sochi Olympic Park Circuit, Sochi|
|12 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Circuit, Suzuka|
|26 OCT||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
|09 NOV||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|16 NOV||Gran Premio de Mexico*||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City|
|30 NOV||Grande Prêmio do Brasil||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
* Denotes subject to FIA homologation of the circuit.
The calendar looks great for fans, but a nightmare for teams, who were under the impression that there would be no more than 20 races in a season (as has previously been agreed by Bernie Ecclestone and stipulated in the old Concorde Agreement).
Despite the ongoing speculation around its funding, the inaugural New Jersey Grand Prix is pencilled to take place a week before Canada, making it a triple header with Monaco a week prior, which will create massive logistical headaches for the teams trying to ship their equipment across the Atlantic Ocean.
Historically, the FIA also does not pair a new Grand Prix in a back-to-back format with an existing one, as they have done for the three new/returning events in New Jersey, Russia and Mexico. Typically this is done to minimise the risk of freighting and customs screw-ups that can occur when the sport visits a new location for the first time.
Assuming all of the races go ahead – and we continue to remain sceptical about the Korea and New Jersey events, in particular – the 2014 schedule will represent a substantial increase in expenses for all of the teams, with several flyaway races sitting as pure standalone events (such as Australia and Malaysia, which were previously clipped together).
It’s quite likely that the final version of the F1 calendar will undergo a substantial revamp, either to accommodate all 22 races between March and November, or to jettison a few of the events that don’t offer the highest bid.
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