New Jersey’s Grand Prix of America has won a temporary reprieve for inclusion on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, with a June 1 slot set to be left open when the FIA approves the provisional schedule next week.
Race organizers have been working hard in recent weeks to get in place the paperwork and funding needed for the inaugural event to take place next season. The race had been absent from a draft schedule that was distributed to the teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. However, that was because race officials had not lodged the mandatory official application and payment to the American FIA affiliate, ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee for the United States) at that point.
It is understood that the application has now been lodged, with the deadline being Sept. 20, and that F1 commercial chieftain Bernie Ecclestone has agreed to hold open a June 1 date in the provisional calendar submitted to the FIA while New Jersey finalizes its race preparations.
The calendar that has been proposed for approval at next week’s World Motor Sport Council is understood to feature only two tweaks from the draft version that has been in circulation for several weeks. There is the June 1 slot, that is set to have a “to be confirmed” designation, while the dates for the Korean and Chinese Grands Prix have been switched.
The potential inclusion of the New Jersey event on June 1 does create further complications though, because it sets up the prospect of a triple-header of Monaco, New Jersey and Canada. Such a plan may be too hard logistically for teams, so it is possible that there will be further tweaks before the calendar is finalized later this year.
However, the races cannot be split because the FIA has designated that there cannot be an F1 race on June 15, when the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place.
The schedule also features a record-breaking 22 races, despite teams already having expressed a reluctance to go beyond 20.
The FIA WMSC is meeting in Croatia at the end of next week to rubber-stamp the calendar.
Provisional 2014 calendarMarch 16 - Australia (Melbourne)March 23 - Malaysia (Sepang)April 6 - Korea (Korea International Circuit)*April 13 - China (Shanghai)April 27 - Bahrain (Sakhir)May 11 - Spain (Barcelona)May 25 - Monaco (Monaco)June 1 - New Jersey (TO BE CONFIRMED)June 8 - Canada (Montreal)June 22 - Austria (Spielberg)July 6 - Britain (Silverstone)July 20 - Germany (Hockenheim)July 27 - Hungary (Budapest)August 24 - Belgium (Spa)September 7 - Italy (Monza)September 21 - Singapore (Marina Bay)October 5 - Japan (Suzuka)October 19 - Russia (Sochi)October 26 - Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)November 9 - Mexico (Mexico City)*November 16 - USA (Circuit of The Americas)November 30 - Brazil (Interlagos)* (provisional)