The new draft calendar for the next season in 2014 has been released by Formula 1 and it has a record amount of 21 Grand Prix fixtures in it, although New Jersey does not seem to be in the schedule for next year. Next year promises to be an even better year than usual as it has an extended 2 races on this season, which only has a total of 9 races. Realistically, there could be no more races than 21 as some people were even questioning the whether 20 would be too many. Yet, Formula 1 have decided to allow 21 races into the season, including a visit to Mexico.
The biggest shock to see on the Formula 1draft schedule for 2014 was the fact that the sport could be returning to Mexico, in Mexico City to be exact, for the first time since 1992. Yet, sources have said that the Mexico is not a certainty yet as the course may not be suitable. Furthermore, the American Grand Prix will apparently not be in New Jersey as first assumed, but instead it will be held in Austin, Texas. At first, the thought was that there would be two American Grand Prix’s one in Austin and one in new Jersey, but it looks like that idea was scrapped.
The way the dates have fallen have put the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the same day as the Wimbledon final (6th July), giving a tough decision for general sport lovers to either watch the Formula 1 or the tennis. Considering Great Britain’s Andy Murray reached the final and in fact won the Wimbledon Championships this year, if he makes the final for a second year running, it would certainly be a difficult choice. Additionally, the FIFA World Cup 2014 will be on at that time, but luckily the 6th July is a rest day for the footballers.
Although the Formula 1 draft schedule has been released doesn’t mean that all of the Grand Prix have a certain place in next year’s season. There are massive question marks over Russia and whether they will be lucky enough to have a place in the season and there are also questions about South Korea hosting a Grand Prix. Mexico is one the list, but is still heavily expected to be removed since the race track they plan to be using, Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez, still has plenty of work to have done on it in order to abide by the rules of the race courses.
The reason there are question marks over Russia, Sochi are because they are hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics and the organisers haven’t decided whether it would be suitable to have both events on in the same year. Korea just hasn’t officially signed a contract to say they will host a Grand Prix. The Formula 1 calendar will almost certainly not be what it says on this draft as they will make several changes to as they do every year. It could be a while before the definite calendar is realised as last year, it took Formula 1 up to December 2012 to release the 2013 calendar.
2014 Formula 1 Draft Calendar:
16th March: Australia (Melbourne)
23rd March: Malaysia (Sepang)
6th April: China (Shanghai)
13th April: Korea (Korea International Circuit) [Not yet confirmed]
27th April: Bahrain (Sakhir)
11th May: Spain (Barcelona)
25th May: Monaco (Monaco)
8th June: Canada (Montreal)
22nd June: Austria (Red Bull Ring)
6th July: Britain (Silverstone)
20th July: Germany (Hockenheim)
27th July: Hungary (Budapest)
24th August: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
7th September: Italy (Monza)
21st September: Singapore (Marina Bay)
5th October: Japan (Suzuka)
19th October: Russia (Sochi) [Not yet confirmed]
26th October: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
9th November: Mexico (Mexico City) [Not yet confirmed]
16th November: USA (Austin)
30th November: Brazil (Interlagos)
Author Daniel Foster.
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