Does the return of the Austrian Grand Prix signal the end for New Jersey?

Does the return of the Austrian Grand Prix signal the end for New Jersey?

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Formula One calendar will be limited to 20 races in 2014.

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With the recent announcement that the Austrian Grand Prix will return next year, to be hosted at the Red Bull Ring, alongside new provisional races in Russia and New Jersey, it means that two venues will certainly face the axe.

Ecclestone told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung: “We will drive 20 races, no more.”

With the Austrian Grand Prix scheduled to take place in early July, it would seem it is set to take the place of the planned New Jersey street race, which has faced a number of setbacks since being announced in October 2011.

The promoters of the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix have also hinted that they have been given assurances that the race, to be held at the Sochi Olympic Park, will be set to take place in late October.

The World Motorsport Council is not scheduled to unveil a provisional 2014 calendar until September.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

 

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.