The latest version of the 2014 F1 calendar has been released by the FIA. Most notable is the inclusion of the New Jersey Grand Prix, which had previously been dropped due to financial issues.
A highly anticipated return to Mexico appears to still be on the cards, with the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez looking set to host a race from next year onwards. However, veteran fans will be disappointed to see that the legendary Curva Peraltada corner will not be run in its original glory, with a slower entry to the banked curve being planned. Regardless, the Mexcian race looks set to take place on the 14th-16th November, serving as the penultimate race to the 2014 season.
The more controversial Russian Grand Prix is also penned in, for the 3rd-5th of October. Costs have spiralled at the Sochi circuit, though, inflating from €140m to €260m.
Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz will be pleased to see the Red Bull Ring – formerly the A1 Ring, or Österreichring before that – serving as the starting point for the second half of the European season. The first half, featuring Catalunya and Monaco, are pushed back due to the inclusion of the North American section of the calendar, featuring New Jersey and Canada.
Despite huge concerns over the pit lane being too small, the New Jersey race is still on, according to the FIA and FOM at least, Finally, it should be noted that the Korean Grand Prix is listed as being “provisional”, seeing as it has failed to attract as much interest in the region as anticipated.
Provisional F1 calendar 2014:
16th March – Melbourne, Australia
30th March – Sepang, Malaysia
6th April – Sakhir, Bahrain
20th April – Shanghai, China
27th April – Yeongham, Korea (provisional)
11th May – Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
25th May – Monaco
1st June – New Jersey (provisional + *)
8th June – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada
22nd June – Red Bull Ring, Austria
6th July – Silverstone, Britain
20th July – Hockenheimring, Germany
27th July – Hungaroring, Hungary
24th August – Spa, Belgium
7th September – Monza, Italy
21st September – Singapore
5th October – Sochi, Russia
12th October -Suzuka, Japan
26th October – Abu Dhabi
9th November – Circuit of the Americas, Austin
16th November – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico (provisional + *)
30th November – Interlagos, Brazil
* = Subject to circuit approval by Charlie Whiting and FIA