Saturday, September 28, 2013

Adventurous but Tentative 2014 Formula 1 Schedule Released

Photo Credit: Nissan/Infiniti

With new cars and a reshaped engine formula already planned for 2014, Formula 1 has released a notably larger race schedule featuring some new competitive backdrops. Starting with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16th, the proposed 22-race 2014 Formula 1 schedule will end in Brazil on November 30th. The majority of the 2013 calendar and events remain while four additional grand prix races is planned. One of the new races is set for Russia at a Sochi track created in conjunction with the Olympics. The Russian Grand Prix is set for September 21st. Of the 22 races on the 2014 Formula 1 schedule, three races are essentially penciled in.

For North American Formula 1 fans, the widely touted grand prix in New Jersey is once again receiving a push ahead. The street course event was a heavily promoted inclusion on the 2012 Formula 1 schedule that was ultimately removed from the calendar due to what CEO of Formula 1 Management Bernie Ecclestone described as elements of a contract not being met by the event's group. The saga of the New Jersey Formula 1 race has involved several additional chapters through 2012 and 2013 that has now resulted in a favourable outcome. With a planned circuit running adjacent to the Hudson River with New York City in view, the New Jersey Formula 1 race is scheduled a week ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix on June 1st. The track layout is still pending approval before the 2014 inaugural running.

Added to the Formula 1 schedule in 2010, the Korean Grand Prix event is listed as provisional. An expensive race for the country of Korea, the organizers for the grand prix fought to have terms of their deal with the auto racing sanctioning body renegotiated last year. The Korean Grand Prix still reported a heavy loss after the 2012 event. A 2014 return to Korea will depend on what will be done to make the race sustainable. If the Korean Grand Prix does take place in 2014, it will occur in late April rather than its customary early fall date.

The 2014 Formula 1 schedule also contains the return to potentially two former race tracks. Confirmed for a June 22nd race, the A1-Ring (now known as the Red Bull Ring) will play host to its first Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. Waiting longer for a return than the Austrian Grand Prix is a Formula 1 race in Mexico. Perhaps thanks to the presence of Sergio Perez with McLaren, Formula 1 cars will potentially run their first Mexican Grand Prix in 22 years. Pending approval of the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez race course, the 2014 Mexican Grand Prix will be the second-to-last event on the schedule.

One noted absence from the 2014 schedule is the staging of an Indian Grand Prix. After three years of racing at the Buddh International Circuit, it was already announced in late July that the Formula 1 cars will be delisted from the 2014 schedule. Reports indicated the event organizers and the auto racing sanctioning body could not come to an agreement on race date with Formula 1 wanting to move the event to March as opposed to its current October hosting.

Tentative 2014 Formula 1 Schedule

Date Race Track
March 16th Australian Grand Prix Albert Park
March 30th Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
April 6th Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
April 20th Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
April 27th Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit
May 11th Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya
May 25th Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco
June 1st Grand Prix of America Port Imperial Street Circuit
June 8th Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
June 22nd Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring
July 6th British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit
July 20th German Grand Prix Nurburgring
July 27th Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
August 24th Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
September 7th Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
September 21th Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit
October 5th Russian Grand Prix Sochi Olympic Park Circuit
October 12th Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka International Race Course
October 26th Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit
November 9th United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas
November 16th Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
November 30th Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace

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