Prime & Option: the week in review, September 30

As is routine, there is far less Formula 1 news on non-racing weeks than those that support a race weekend. Last week, we had the drama of the Singapore Grand Prix to support a robust Prime & Option review of the news. This week, the news revolves around 2014: the schedule, Concorde Agreement, and new rules for the appointment of suppliers to the series.

2014 Schedule Settles In
The FIA announced the provisional 2014 calendar, prompting much commiseration amongst those involved in the sport over the twenty-two race weekends they will be traveling to grands prix.

Provisional 2014 Formula 1 Calendar:
16 March Grand Prix of Australia
30 March Grand Prix of Malaysia
06 April Grand Prix of Bahrain
20 April Grand Prix of China
27 April Grand Prix of Korea (provisional)
11 May Grand Prix of Spain
25 May Grand Prix of Monaco
01 June Grand Prix of America, New Jersey (provisional*)
08 June Grand Prix of Canada
22 June Grand Prix of Austria
06 July Grand Prix of Great Britain
20 July Grand Prix of Germany (Hockenheim)
27 July Grand Prix of Hungary
24 August Grand Prix of Belgium
07 September Grand Prix of Italy
21 September Grand Prix of Singapore
05 October Grand Prix of Russia (Sochi)
12 October Grand Prix of Japan
26 October Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
09 November Grand Prix of USA (Austin)
16 November Grand Prix of Mexico (provisional*)
30 November Grand Prix of Brazil

Formula One & FIA Sign Concorde Agreement
“The agreement reached by the FIA and the Formula 1 Group in July 2013, setting out the framework for implementation of the Concorde Agreement for the period 2013 – 2020, has now come into force, following the approval of the respective governing bodies of the signatory parties,” said FIA President Jean  Todt. Though the teams still have to agree, even a partially signed agreement is a step forward after a season run without such an agreement in place.

Pirelli Confirmed as 2014 Tyre Supplier
Despite the drama stemming from the quickly degrading Pirelli tyres and the slap on the wrist after the “secret” Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test, Pirelli has been confirmed as the 2014 tyre supplier for F1. Possibly more important is the new tender procedure for appointing the suppliers of fuel and tyres for the series. “In this new process, the FIA will be confirmed as the body in charge of conducting the tender process. The Commercial Rights Holder will be entitled to run the commercial negotiations with potential suppliers, with a view to the selected single supplier being officially appointed by the WMSC,” read the statement from the FIA.

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