2014 calendar to be reduced from 22 races?
Report claims New Jersey and Mexico will lose their slots on schedule
By Sky Sports Online. Last Updated: 04/11/13 8:18am
The provisional 2014 calendar is set to be reduced to 20 races with New Jersey and Mexico poised to lose their slots, according to reports.
With Bernie Ecclestone making his first appearance in the F1 paddock at Abu Dhabi since September, the highly-respected Adam Cooper blog has reported that, in yet another change to the proposed calendar, both Mexico and New Jersey will be dropped from the schedule to be ratified by the FIA at the end of the year.
Both the Mexico and New Jersey races were given provisional status on the draft calendar released at the end of September but their reported omission could spark further upheaval, with the season-ending Brazilian GP likely to be brought forward a week and the U.S. GP given a back-to-back slot with the Interlagos event.
The shedding of the New Jersey race, scheduled for the first week of June, would also remove the unprecedented prospect of three races being run in as many weeks.
Paddock rumour in Abu Dhabi has also suggested that the season-opening Australian and Malaysian GPs will be run on consecutive weekends to ease the logistical demands being placed on the teams. Even if the calendar is reduced to 20 races, it would still be the joint-longest in the sport's history.
Meanwhile, Ecclestone has voiced his optimism that India, dropped for next year, will return for 2015.
"It's all done," he told The Observer. "We just need the government to do their bit." Ecclestone hinted that the race would go back to India in 2015 in a new long-term deal.
The Provisional 2014 calendar released in September:
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
20th July - Germany
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.