Mexico and New Jersey have been included on a provisional 22-race 2014 calendar
British GP set for 6th July. Russia and Austria also included
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 30, 2013 9:10am
Mexico and New Jersey have been included on an unprecedented provisional 22-race calendar for 2014.
The race along the Hudson River, postponed in 2013, had been in doubt when it was a noticeable absentee from a draft calendar leaked earlier this month at Monza.
Its appearance on the provisional event list, revealed following the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Croatia, suggests funding issues have now been resolved.
This paves the way for the Manhattan skyline to provide the background for the highly-anticipated street race which has been given a date of June 1, just ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, meaning three races in as many weeks for the teams to deal with.
Despite major upgrade work needing to be carried out Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which last hosted F1 in 1992, Mexico is also included as the penultimate round of the season.
Two new European races are added to the calendar with the return of the Austrian GP on June 22 and the inaugural Russian GP around the Winter Olympic Park in Sochi on October 5.
There will be no early start to accommodate these extra races, however, with the season starting in Australia on March 16, the same weekend as it was held this year.
The British Grand Prix holds onto its traditional start of July slot, with the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix being staged on May 25.
As expected, India drops off the calendar but is expected to return in 2015, while Korea has only been given a provisional date and moves from its usual end of season slot to part of a five-race flyaway opening to the season.
The 2014 calendar in full:
16th March - Australia
30th March - Malaysia
6th April - Bahrain
20th April - China
27th April - Korea (provisional)
11th May - Spain
25th May -Monaco
1st June - USA, New Jersey (provisional*)
8th June - Canada
22nd June - Austria
6th July - Britain
20th July - Germany
27th July - Hungary
24th August - Belgium
7th September - Italy
21st September - Singapore
5th October - Russia
12th October - Japan
26th October - Abu Dhabi
9th November - USA, Austin
16th November - Mexico (provisional*)
30th November - Brazil
* subject to circuit approval