2014 calendar: 21 races, 5 engines, Mexico and no Big Apple

The BBC shared a provisional 2014 calendar the FIA circulated to the teams ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. It’s a provisional calendar which means that the FIA have to approve it at the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in September. There are provisional races that are subject to confirmation such as Korea, Russia and a new Mexican Grand Prix but what is obviously missing is the proposed grand prix in New Jersey.

If all the races were confirmed, this would represent a 21-race schedule, the longest in Formula 1 yet, and it brings to mind the simple notion that if the series is to face its longest season yet, they do so in 2014 with only five engines for the entire season. The new 2014 regulations has reduced the number of engines available from 8 to 5 for the entire year and that could be a real challenge for engineers.

As announced, Red Bull’s plan of offering Austria as a host seems to have made it to the calendar with the Austrian Grand Prix slated for June 9th just after the Canadian Grand Prix (previously where the New Jersey race was suggested).

The challenges at this point are Korea’s ability to fund their grand prix effort, the Russian circuit in Sochi’s ability to actually be built and for Mexico’s Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez to actually be renovated to FIA specifications. If the Korean Grand Prix does occur, it will be early in the year along with China and the Bahrain Grand Prix has been pushed back a few weeks as well.

Provisional 2014 F1 calendar:

3/16: Australia (Melbourne)

3/23: Malaysia (Sepang)

4/6: China (Shanghai)

4/13: Korea (Korea International Circuit)*

4/27: Bahrain (Sakhir)

5/11: Spain (Barcelona)

5/25: Monaco (Monaco)

6/8: Canada (Montreal)

6/22: Austria (Red Bull Ring)

7/6: Britain (Silverstone)

7/20: Germany (Hockenheim)

7/27: Hungary (Budapest)

8/24: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)

9/7: Italy (Monza)

9/21: Singapore (Marina Bay)

10/5: Japan (Suzuka)

10/19: Russia (Sochi)*

10/26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

11/9: Mexico (Mexico City)*

11/16 November: USA (Austin)

11/30: Brazil (Interlagos)

*subject to confirmation

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