New Jersey back on FIA’s 22-race 2014 F1 calendar

2014 F1 calendar

Start, Melbourne, 2013The FIA has listed the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey as one of 22 races on the 2014 F1 calendar.

However the race has been listed as one of three grands prix on consecutive weekends – one week after the race in Monaco and one week before the race in Canada – which may prove unrealistic from a point of view of logistics.

Even if the New Jersey race does not go ahead, a 21-race schedule would still be the longest ever seen in Formula One.

The new race in Russia has been given an October date and the revived Austrian and Mexican races also join the schedule.

There are five back-to-back race weekends on the calendar: Malaysia and Bahrain, China and Korea, Germany and Hungary, Russia and Japan and the USA and Mexico.

The Indian Grand Prix will not take place next year but organisers intend for it to return in 2015.

Round Race Circuit Date Forum
1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 14 – 16 Forum
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit March 28 – 30 Forum
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit April 4 – 6 Forum
4 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit April 18 – 20 Forum
5 Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit April 25 – 27 Forum
6 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya May 9 – 11 Forum
7 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo May 22 – 25 Forum
8 American Grand Prix New Jersey May 30 – June 1
9 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 6 – 8 Forum
10 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring June 20 – 22
11 British Grand Prix Silverstone July 4 – 6 Forum
12 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring July 18 – 20 Forum
13 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 25 – 27 Forum
14 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps August 22 – 24 Forum
15 Italian Grand Prix Monza September 5 – 7 Forum
16 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore September 19 – 21 Forum
17 Russian Grand Prix Sochi October 3 – 5
18 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka October 10 – 12 Forum
19 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina October 24 – 26 Forum
20 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas November 7 – 9 Forum
21 Mexican Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez November 14 – 16
22 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos November 28 – 30 Forum

Korean Grand Prix: Provisional
American and Russian Grands Prix: Provisional and subject to circuit approval

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88 comments on New Jersey back on FIA’s 22-race 2014 F1 calendar

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  1. I wish Korean grand prix stays in the calendar as it is, it will be nice to attend one next weekend and only need to wait little to see it again!

  2. But since the teams don’t want to have more than 20 races, partially because they can use only 5 engines for the entire length of the season next year, they’ll drop 2. My guess is Korea will be dropped and New Jersey will not happen anyway.

    • I already saw mentions of possibly allowing 6 units if the season really gets to be 22 races. The smaller teams are against it (another 2 million they have to find), and it seems many expect the calendar to shrink back to 20 or max 21 races again before the season starts. Remember there is 3 events that are provisional so far.

  3. Asia, Europe, America, Europe, Asia, America.

    That’s a very nice calendar!

  4. James (@jamesf1) said on 27th September 2013, 15:47

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the German and either the Korean or Chinese GP were to drop off of that list.

    • UnitedKingdomRacing (@unitedkingdomracing) said on 27th September 2013, 15:50

      Why would that be the case? I’ve never heard any doubts about China or even Germany (apart from the Nuerburgring problems).

      • James (@jamesf1) said on 27th September 2013, 17:21

        Both tracks are in serious financial trouble. Nurburgring’s issues have been made very clear over the last couple of years. Furthermore, Hockenheim have said in the past that they can only just breakeven when hosting the race every other year (every year was a loss maker for them).

        China appears to have been see-sawing a little in the last couple of years, but as a post below says, it’ll stay if the Government are willing to prop it up.

    • I think the Chinese govt. will keep the money pumping into the gp.

  5. New Jersey on the same weekend as the IndyCars in Detroit. Potential for them to butt heads?

  6. Monaco-New Jersey-Montreal triple header? Really? Can’t see that happening

    • Nick (@nick-uk) said on 27th September 2013, 15:58

      Getting from Monaco to New Jersey will be pretty tough, but Montreal isn’t too far from there.

      • I really feel for the mechanics and the guys that pack up the garages and kit there. They’ll be knackered!

        • I guess it will have to be flying anyway. Even if its not on the other side of the continent, its far too long by road to get there in 2-3 days (packing up until monday – and first events are on thursday.) by truck

          • Nick (@nick-uk) said on 27th September 2013, 16:30

            @bascb Montreal is only 500 miles from New Jersey.

          • Hm, 500 miles is what 830 km? That is about a 2 day drive per truck, isn’t it? (I am not well informed on things like regulated pauses for truck drivers over in the US, in the EU its a rest after max. 8 hours driving), would be tight but not undo-able, I guess

          • In the US, trucks can drive 10 or 11 hours per day. In Canada it is 13, and it’s easy to hit the border in 10 hours. If they were to drive a long distance, say NJ to Austin, they would have 2 drivers and only stop for mandatory breaks every few hours.

          • @bascb, Just checked via Google Map, West NY NJ to Montreal Q, 366 miles, 5hrs. 40 mins.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th September 2013, 9:23

            Ok, so if its only less than 600 km, thats just an 8 hour drive by truck that would be perfectly fine. So then the bigger point still remains of getting all the kit shipped to NJ in time.

            I guess it would need another set of overseas kit so that they can ship most stuff the minute it gets returned and checked after (I guess) Korea. And get the cars etc. from Europe to America in 3 days.

    • Dane (@n0b0dy100) said on 27th September 2013, 16:35

      It’s about 9-10hrs drive from New York City to Montreal.

    • scunnyman (@scunnyman) said on 27th September 2013, 17:12

      They go from Monaco to Montreal now, so going from Monaco to New Jersey is no different really. And like Bascb says Only 500 miles between New Jersey and Montreal.
      I agree the technical staff and engineers and transport staff will have a lot of work to do, but the teams should organise their teams to deal with it and hire more people if they need them.

      • There’s a week between Monaco and Montreal though. They’re not usually back to back.

        I think it’s a bit harsh to say teams need to hire more people when teams are already struggling with costs.

        • scunnyman (@scunnyman) said on 27th September 2013, 22:16

          @Matt-j and @MarkM I agree with you both to a certain extent.
          I do reckon though that they should reduce the summer break to 3 weeks and juggle the calendar around to accomodate extra races. maybe then they could organise the calendar to fit the continents better.

      • MarkM (@mpmark) said on 27th September 2013, 21:49

        scunnyman (@scunnyman)”They go from Monaco to Montreal now, so going from Monaco to New Jersey is no different really.”

        but yes really it is, distance wise it might not be but currently Monaco to Montreal is 2 week break, it would now be 1 week break to New Jersey from Monaco, big big difference.

    • MuzzleFlash (@muzzleflash) said on 27th September 2013, 21:49

      Does Monaco have an airport? Or one big enough for the 747’s the teams use?

  7. the order is weird, like u go from Europe to Asia to Europe the Asia again in the space of 4 race weekends, its impractical. tbh switch Russia and Singapore around, and (if all 22 races do feature next year) push the first American GpP to the front of year, mayb after Australia or after korea, idk just my opinion

  8. Pete (@repete86) said on 27th September 2013, 16:07

    I hope that New Jersey really does happen this time.

  9. I really doubt we’ll have that triple header of Monaco-USA-Canada. Unless the new Concorde provides the teams with travel costs.

    Having a race or two on there that is probably not going to happen reminds me of 1999, when a Chinese Gp and an Argentinean Gp kept popping up and neither happened. Hasn’t happened too much since, I think.

  10. Hm, just compare it to the Formula E calendar (I thought that one would go for the winter, but actually is struck all over the year) and I get several clashes.
    Kicking off the series with a race in China the same weekend that we have Singapore … Hm, either its going to be long nights and then stay awake for the night race (lucky its a night race there I guess!), or ignore that first race. Not sure thats clever planning really, had they staged the China race a week earlier, that would work better.
    And having a race in Hongkong and staying up late for Austin the same weekend is either going to be a great weekend of motorsport or a gruelling time with no sleep!

    • here’s that Formula E calendar if anyone is interested

      • Surprised that first Beijing race is on the same weekend as the WEC Circuit of the Americas race, never mind the Singapore GP. Shouldn’t all three be on separate weekends so they don’t compete with each other? And many of the drivers Formula E is hoping to attract will want to be in Texas racing sportscars – guys like Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi have expressed an interest.

        • I agree also that the series needs good drivers to help boost viewer numbers, maybe they think it will work regardless.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th September 2013, 9:25

          Oh, I forgot about the WEC calendar. So yeah, that is really either going to be a superb weekend of racing or a missed opportunity to get attention to a new series.

          Especially as you mention with drivers potentially doing some rounds of FormulaE and WEC

      • Considering that Monaco there is on May 11, what’s to say that the Monaco F1 GP will not be the week after? May 18? Else there is two weeks before the May 25 GP. Moving Monaco a week earlier would allow New Jersey to fit in and possibly minimise costs for track construction/deconstruction. I would guess the Korean GP would depart for this to happen, but being paired with China (and not Bahrain, Aus-Mal either) seems to suggest not, unless b2b races are being cut? But it could simply be put b2b with Barcelona. All this manoeuvring then allows the Le Mans weekend to be free of F1.

        Russia ahead of Japan surprised me, and also the swaps on the Formula E calendar – Uruguay for Rio? that I hadn’t heard about. Rio is busy trying to prepare for a World Cup and Olympics, and deal with itself as a large city. I thought Russia needed all the time possible to set up for the GP, and it would make sense to be paired with Abu Dhabi, unless they have an exclusivity clause like Singapore (no GP a week either side).

        Also, I wonder if Bernie moves the circus around in such a way to try and ease some of the ticket selling burden on each race’s promoters – it’s hard enough for them to survive under Bernie’s terms as it is.

        • Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 28th September 2013, 6:11

          Monaco in FE is not until 2015 so it would have no effect on the 2014 F1 calender. That being said an F1 race in the USA/Canada on Memorial day weekend wouldn’t be wise because it would get killed in viewership by the Indy 500 & NASCAR 600, whereas with Monaco it kicks on that Sunday morning and is followed an few hours later by the 500 which is followed a few hours later by the 600.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th September 2013, 0:53

      @bascb – Do you really think Formula 1 cares that much about Formula E? The Formula E races are hardly in the same boat as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

      • If Bernie cares for it at all, it would be only to make sure it never gets up to anything. But its not Bernie who gets to define the calendar (although in reality it probably is just him), its the FIA @prisoner-monkeys
        And as Formula E is something the FIA started and wants to make successfull, I do think they should care, lest it end up like F2

  11. Massonen said on 27th September 2013, 16:20

    why can’t they move from continent to continent instead of going away then coming back? wouldn’t that be more cost effective?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th September 2013, 1:30

      No, because that would put some races in direct competition with one another. For instance, it might sound sensible to pair Singapore and Malaysia together, but those races draw on the same population base to get spectators, and having them so close to one another will only result in one race getting more spectators than the other, which would subsequently die out.

    • You would think so, but I guess the market beat dictates the logistic priorities or compensates for travel costs, can not think of any other reason to change time zones like that weeks on and on, and what it would do to the teams staffs. Unless…, this is another draft to keep everybodys attention! (no such thing as bad publicity)

  12. mildertduck (@mildertduck) said on 27th September 2013, 16:27

    There is a way: allow all teams two drop-scores per year.

    That way, the teams have to weigh up which races they enter, and it may create an opportunity for “second” teams – young drivers / second-string or trainee mechanics to have a go at the “big time” without it mattering… of course, drivers would have to decide which scores to drop *before* the race, so they don’t just drop their two lowest -

  13. Well I must admit I was wrong about New Jersey. I didn’t think it would ever happen (obviously it still isn’t guaranteed to happen).
    That is one mighty calendar though. Three races in three weekends must be a first if that happens.

  14. Lateralus (@lateralus) said on 27th September 2013, 16:36

    The order is so strange. The back-and-forths seem very inefficient. New Jersey and Montreal really aren’t very far apart, so that shouldn’t be too difficult of a move for the F1 circus. I’ve driven it myself (well, coming from NC to Montreal but I went through New Jersey and New York). The Monaco > Montreal move is tough though. I can’t figure out what to move around and make the calendar still work, unless at least one race is dropped. As someone who lives in the Eastern US, I hope it isn’t New Jersey. If that race goes ahead I will be there.

  15. Dane (@n0b0dy100) said on 27th September 2013, 16:38

    Finally a good reason to visit New Jersey! I better get a spray tan and practice my fist pumping.

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