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FIA World Motor Sports Council release 2014 F1 Calendar - September 28, 2013 by admin
Paris Headquarters of the FIA

Paris Headquarters of the FIA, photo by Phanuruch Phongsutilak

Of course no race is definite until the circuit is homogulated by the Fia, to confirm it is safe for racing and for spectators at Formula One level. For this reason at least the New Jersey, Mexican and Russian races on the latest F1 Calendar released for 2014 may not go ahead but there still may be more to it than this.

This is the most official calendar yet, it has been confirmed by the FIA World Motor Sports Council rather than the previous Calendar which was released unofficially by FOM, as far as anyone knows at least. Many now believe the early release of this calendar that had 21 races and didn’t include the New Jersey Race was leaked by FOM to push the News Jersey Race Promoters to get their house in order and possibly to come up with some of the money for staging the race, now scheduled for 1st of June.

Whether everything is sorted though is another mater and the New Jersey Race and Mexican Races are still subject to confirmation, interestingly though the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi isn’t though the circuit there isn’t complete. There may be more than give the circuit the once over before these races are confirmed then. For Mexico this isn’t surprising, these are early days and we are yet to hear much about the race, set to take place in MexicoCity. We know it is going to be a street circuit but the location and layout is still unclear.

There is no reason to believe the New Jersey race probably won’t happen, presumably Bernie Ecclestone still believes it is worth putting time into negotiations and there must be people with the potential to fund the race to talk to.

2014 could be a 22 race season then, but don’t be surprised if it is 21, 20 or even possibly 19 races with Korea also yet to be confirmed as they try to negotiate more favourable terms, though indications are that this is close to happening. There are also questions about how rules on engines for the season will now work with an extra two races to recovered by 5 engines: some believe Bernie is keeping two races, possibly including Korea, on the calendar for now with the notion of dropping them if Mexico and New Jersey come off.

The 2014 season F1 Race Calendar as released on the 27th of September 2013

16th March – Australian Grand Prix (Albert Park, Melbourne)
30th March – Malaysian Grand Prix (Sepang, Kuala Lumpur)
6th April – Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir)
20th April – Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai)
27th April – Korean Grand Prix* (Korea International Circuit, Yeongam)
11th May – Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona)
25th May – Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo)
1st June – Grand Prix of America* (Port Imperial, New Jersey)
8th June – Canadian Grand Prix (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal)
22nd June – Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring, Spielberg)
6th July – British Grand Prix (Silverstone, Northamptonshire)
20th July – German Grand Prix (Hockenheimring, Hockenheim)
27th July – Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
24th August – Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Franchorchamps, Spa)
7th September – Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza)
21st September – Singapore Grand Prix(Marina Bay, Singapore)
5th October – Russian Grand Prix (Olympic Park, Sochi)

12th October – Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka International Circuit, Suzuka)
26th October – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina, Yas Island)
9th November – United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas, Austin)
16th November – Mexican Grand Prix* (Mexico City)
30th November – Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos, Sao Paulo)

2013 Provisional Formula One Calendar and Singapore GP 5 year extension - September 23, 2012 by admin
The Singapore main straight, photo by LGEPR

The Singapore main straight, photo by LGEPR

The 2013 provisional Formula One Calendar was released in the run up to the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix with no major surprises and in another unsurprising move the hugely successful Singapore Grand Prix has had a contract extension for 5 more years up to and includeding 2017.


The initial five year deal that bought F1 to Singapore began in 2008 and the sports only true night race has been very popular with fans and drivers: apart from the turn ten chicane which driver’s would like to see replaced and it is understood this may have been discussed in negotiations.


Despite this potential tweak though the layout of the  Singapore Grand Prix is one of Formula One’s best street circuits looking back over the sport’s history: with overtaking oppurtunities and plenty of good racing. There have been a number of hastily put together street curcuits in the past that have failed to put together good races and even Valencia, despite massive investment, failed to deliver what most fans would describe as exciting races, up until 2012, despite this though as anticipated there is no European Grand Prix at Valencia in 2013 though it is likely that it will be back in place of Barcelona in 2014 and that the races will alternate going forwards.


The other big change to the 2013 calendar is the inclusion of a second race in the US, the American Grand Prix in New Jersey scheduled for the weekend after Canada giving a North American double header. Of course the New Jersy race is still not certian with some legal issues and contract issues thought to be outstanding and with a cloak of secrecy over exactly where funding is coming.


Question marks also remain over the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam that is awaiting the conclusion of contract negotiations, the race is proving too expensive for the local government though and if no discount is offered by Bernie Ecclestone the race could be off the calendar.


The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring also is yet to be confirmed as the holding company who own the circuit are in financial difficulties, if the Nurburgring can’t host the 2013 German Grand Prix the Hockenheimring, which alternates with the Nurburgring, have said they are ready to step in.


The complete provisional calendar

March 17th         Australia (Melbourne /Albert Park)
March 24th         Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur /Sepang)
April 14th         China (Shanghai / Shanghai International Circuit)
April 21st         Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 12th           Spain (Barcelona /Circuit de Catalunya)
May 26th           Monaco (Monte Carlo /Circuit de Monaco)
June 9th           Canada (Montreal /Circuits Gilles Villeneuve)
June 16th          America (New Jersey) *
June 30th          Britain (Silverstone)
July 21st          Germany (Nurburgring)*
July 28th          Hungary (Budabest /Hungaroring)
September 1st      Belgium (Spa /Spa Franchorchamps)
September 8th      Italy (Monza )
September 22nd     Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 6th        Japan (Suzuka)
October 13th       Korea (Yeongam) *
October 27th       India (New Delhi/ Buddh International Circuit)
November 3rd       Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 17th      United States (Austin /Circuit of the Americas)
November 24th      Brazil (Sao Paulo /Interlagos)
Ecclestone updates us on New York race doubts - May 30, 2012 by admin
Port Imperial, across the water from Manhattan

Port Imperial, across the water from Manhattan, photo by Walter Burns

Last week we reported that rumours had begun swirling about delays to the 2013 Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone has nbow made clear statements that the 2013 Grand Prix of America is in doubt as contracts are now overdue.


As we mentioned last week Bernie has long been keen to see a race in or around New York city and the Port Imperial race on the New Jersey shore would have the Manhatten skyline as a background. Teams too want the race to go ahead and it seems that it probably the 2013 race that is in doubt therefore and that Bernie will be patient enough to wait for contracts to go through to see the inaugural race take place in 2014 instead.


It seems that funding the race is the problem and the details of funding have not been made public, apart from the fact that no taxpayer’s money will go into staging the race.


Bernie Ecclestone has told reporters:

“I don’t know if it is going to happen. I hope everything will be OK. They are sorting things out internally with some of their funds. If they are ready for 2013 we will have them.” , he certainly should know how the race is being funded though and it seems he has faith at least that funding will be sorted and the race isn’t at risk from a lack of money as some have suggested.


The organisers of the Grand Prix of america have remained tighlipped throughout but following Mr Ecclestone’s comments a spokesperson gave these comments:

“we don’t comment on our contractual relationship with Formula 1 or its details. We are on track for a June 2013 race, with all course engineering and construction progressing precisely on schedule, a strong management team in place, and strong ongoing support from New Jersey, New York City and the local communities involved. We are very confident that the 2013 F1 Grand Prix of America will be a great event.”




We may have to wait an extra year for New Jersey race - April 17, 2012 by admin
the new jersey grand prix backdrop

The future New Jersey race's backdrop, photo by Anthony Quintano

The New Jersey street race at the Port Imperial circuit, agreed for 2013 and on the provisional calendar might have to be delayed until 2014 Bernie Ecclestone has said.


This is perhaps not surprising for such an ambitious project. Building a new circuit in the middle of nowhere may be a bigger task in many ways but is more predictable. Planning a new street circuit on the New Jersey shore across from New York’s manhattan skyline was always going to have issues. Ecclestone though has wanted this race for years and there is little chance of him cancelling the race but the construction may need extra time. Construction of the main pit building at Port Imperial may be underway and well developed but other work is only just on schedule to be finished on time or may be a little behind.


Bernie said though that maybe the New York race will be 2013…. It’s a when 2013 or 2014″. A delay to 2014 might be good news of the United States Grand Prix in Texas, the inaugural race is this year but an extra year as the only race in the US may give it a chance to build up more exposure and more of a fan base ahead of the competition from New Jersey.

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