Abu Dhabi is poised to become the Formula 1 season finale in 2014 as part of a calendar reshuffle being planned by Bernie Ecclestone.
Although a provisional 22-race schedule was published by the FIA earlier this year, it is understood that several changes are being planned ahead of the calendar being finalized next month.
It had already become clear that neither New Jersey nor Mexico would remain on the schedule, and sources suggest that Ecclestone has also informed teams that Korea will also be absent. This will leave 19 races.
To accommodate the changes, Ecclestone has said that there will be a shuffling of dates ” especially at the tail end of the season ” which will result in Brazil losing its slot as the season finale. Moving Abu Dhabi to the end of the season also means that teams can stay on afterward for post-season testing.
Despite calls from some teams for Ecclestone to move the Malaysian Grand Prix forward a week so it would run back to back with Australia, which is better for cost reasons, this has not happened.
The final 2014 F1 calendar will be finalised at the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Dec. 6.