2014 F1 calendar down to 19 races as New Jersey, Mexico, India, Korea dropped

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Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea have been dropped from Formula 1′s official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.

These grands prix had been listed provisionally, with asterisks against them, on a previous calendar published in September by the sport’s governing International Automobile Federation (FIA).

None appeared however on the final version issued on Wednesday after a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sports Council in Paris.

New Jersey’s Grand Prix of America, with New York’s skyscraper skyline as a backdrop, had been due for a debut this year but that had to be postponed due to financial issues which continue to plague the race.

Organisers said that they were working on “restructured financial arrangements” while the sport’s hard-nosed commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that he looked forward to a “first-class inaugural Grand Prix of America in 2015″.

Press conference announcing New Jersey F1 project in 2011

Press conference announcing New Jersey F1 project in 2011

“There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we’ll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015,” Ecclestone said in a joint statement with Grand Prix of America.

“New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realizing a New York City F1 race.”

Mexico would have been making its return in November after a 22-year absence but there have been doubts over the readiness of the Mexico City ven.

The poorly-attended Korean race, one of the least popular among Formula 1′s travelling fraternity, has sustained heavy losses.

Organisers, whose race at Yeongam in the far south was due to be moved from October to April, had sought a contract re-negotiation with Ecclestone.

The sun appears to have set on the future of the Indian GP

The sun appears to have set on the future of the Indian GP

India has also been axed from the 2014 calendar, although race promoters are hoping to return in 2015, while Austria is back after a decade away and Russia hosts a race for the first time, in next year’s Winter Olympic city of Sochi.

The revised calendar led to a reshuffling of some dates and teams will be particularly relieved not to have the logistical headache of a ‘triple header’ of Monaco, New Jersey and Canada to contend with on successive weekends in May and June.

The cancellation of Mexico, which would have been the penultimate race, sees Brazil’s Interlagos and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina swap places with the Middle East circuit now due to end the season on Nov. 23.

The absence of New Jersey, while expected, will be the biggest blow for a sport still battling for more than a niche profile in the United States, a major market for carmakers like Mercedes and Ferrari.

Most teams were reluctant to extend the season beyond 20 races, fearful for the impact of the increased burden on staff like engineers and mechanics as well as higher costs if more people had to be hired to cope.

The United States already has one popular grand prix in Austin, Texas. (Reuters)

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Start of the 2014 F1 season will  be in Melbourne

Start of the 2014 F1 season will be in Melbourne

2014 Formula 1 World Championship calendar:

  1. Mar 16 – Australia (Melbourne)
  2. Mar 30 – Malaysia (Sepang)
  3. Apr 6 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
  4. Apr 20 – China (Shanghai)
  5. May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)
  6. May 25 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
  7. Jun 8 – Canada (Montreal)
  8. Jun 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
  9. Jul 6 – Britain (Silverstone)
  10. Jul 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)
  11. Jul 27 – Hungary (Budapest)
  12. Aug 24 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
  13. Sep 7 – Italy (Monza)
  14. Sep 21 – Singapore (Street circuit)
  15. Oct 5 – Japan (Suzuka)
  16. Oct 12 – Russia (Sochi)
  17. Nov 2 – United States (Austin)
  18. Nov 9 – Brazil (Interlagos)
  19. Nov 23 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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  • matthew

    Too bad about jersey! I live about 4 hours from where the race would have been, I would have gone!

  • dc

    Jersey will never happen it was a pipe dream. Go to Montreal better atmosphere

  • dcloudy777

    How hard is it to have a better atmosphere than New Jersey? LOL

  • gracias

    bring back french grand prix

  • Bub

    The important thing for me is that they didn’t change the date of the German Grand Prix.

    I got a good deal on a hotel in Mannheim!

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    Sucks about NJ… that circuit looks epic!!! Seriously much better than any circuit on the calander. Look it up.

    Though when it happens in 2015 you all better comprepared. It’s not an enviroment for snooty eurotrash. Same as Montreal or Melbourne imo. Both are great, the cities buzz with F1, but act like a jerk and you’ll pay dearly.

  • CAPE TOWN – SOUTH AFRICA

    Come to South Africa, F1.

    Unlike Korea we love motorsport here.

    30 000 people showed up in Johannesburg to see Lewis Hamilton drive a mercedes Saloon car at Kyalami race track.
    90 000 people showed up at the RB5 demonstration in Cape Town and 120 000 people in Johannesburg.

    That is over 200 000 people attendance to watch an old RB5 show car.
    Imagine the attendance for a damn F1 race, but as usual Bernie wants to drain every countries economy.

  • StevetheGreat

    Too bad about new jersey… That circuit looked very challenging unlike the boring street circuits in place now and Tilke’s cookie cutter purpose built circuits.