Formula 1’s 2014 calendar is set for a major reshuffle when it is firmed up next month, with New Jersey’s Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial and the revived Mexican Grand Prix likely to be dropped.
Although the FIA published a provisional 22-race schedule after its most recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in September, F1 chiefs are preparing a fresh overhaul. AUTOSPORT‘s sources say that neither New Jersey nor Mexico will feature in the final version because both events need more time to get their venues ready.
Asked to comment on AUTOSPORT‘s report, a GP of America spokesperson stated: “We appreciate the opportunity, but we don’t comment on media reports. We will have a statement when the FIA World Motor Sport Council announces the final 2014 calendar in December.”
Although New Jersey has long been in doubt, Mexico was close to getting fully prepared but it is understood that efforts to build a new pits and paddock complex at the Mexico City racetrack meant it will not feature until 2015.
The absence of those races would reduce the season to 20 races, which teams have long viewed as the maximum number of events they can comfortably cope with. As well as the changes to those venues, some consideration is also being given to reshuffling the start of the season so that the second race in Malaysia is moved forward a week.
Doing so would make it a double-header with Australia, which would be cheaper for teams than having it back to back with Bahrain as it currently is. It is understood that no final decision on this matter has yet been made, however.
Korean GP organizers are also still in discussion with F1 commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone about its scheduled April slot after China. If no deal can be reached on fees, then one scenario that has not been completely ruled out is for India to make a potential return, even though it had been expected to be absent from the 2014 schedule prior to getting its race back the following year.