The World Motor Sport Council has officially revealed the proposed 2014 Formula 1 calendar, which consists of a staggering 22 races including the return of the Austrian Grand Prix and the highly-anticipated race around the streets of New Jersey. The lengthy season will start on March 26th and conclude on November 30th.
At the start of the month a draft was leaked of the provisional 2014 calendar, which only consisted of 21 races excluding a second race in the United States around the streets of New Jersey. However, with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone intent of overseeing the race’s inclusion on the calendar, the revised and official calendar has penciled the race with a provisional slot on June 1st. This will see the event around the streets of New Jersey take place the weekend before the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal.
The season will start on March 16th around Melbourne’s Albert Park in Australia, with the semi-street circuit scheduled to host the season opener for the 17th season. From there, the sport will once again visit Malaysia, Bahrain and China before the Korean Grand Prix, which has been provisionally scheduled for April 27th. Usually the race around the 5.62km Korea International Circuit takes place towards the end of the season, however for 2014 the fifth running of the event has been moved largely due to inclusion of both the Russian and Mexican Grands Prix.
After the usual flyaway races at the start of the season, the sport will once again return to Europe with both the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. June 1st will potentially see the inaugural Grand Prix around the streets of New Jersey, with the Canadian Grand Prix set to take place a week later. After F1’s brief venture to North America, it will once again return to Europe for the return of the Austrian Grand Prix around the legendary Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, formerly known as the Österreichring and then the A1-Ring. Due largely to Red Bull’s recent success in the sport, the nation looks set to host it’s first race since 2003, with next season’s event scheduled for June 22nd.
By July Formula 1 will return to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, a race always highly anticipated by both the teams and fans alike. Two weeks later will see Hockenheim return to the calendar for the first time since 2012 as the host of the German Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place back-to-back with the Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest. Once again the sport will depart for the mandatory summer break after the race around the Hungaroring, before reconvening almost a month later around the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The European season will once again be brought to a conclusion on September 7th at the Autodromo di Monza, with the Italian Grand Prix. With seven races still to run, the sport will begin its final leg of the season with the Singapore Grand Prix around the illuminated street circuit. With the Korean Grand Prix provisionally scheduled to take place earlier in the season in April, the F1 fraternity will head to Russia during the first weekend of October for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at Sochi. The nation’s first race is scheduled to take place around the streets of the Winter Olympic Park, with the track winding its way through venues set to be used for the games.
After the sport’s inaugural race in Russia, F1 will head back to Asia for the Japanese Grand Prix. The race around the legendary Suzuka circuit, which amazingly used to end the season several years ago, will be followed by the glamorous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix during the final weekend of October. With only two months remaining in the year, Formula 1 will head back to America in November for the third running of the United States Grand Prix around the impressive Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The race is provisionally scheduled to run back-to-back with the return of the Mexican Grand Prix, which will be run around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The circuit last hosted a Formula 1 race back in 1992, and is suspected to undergo a series of revamps prior to its return by renowned architect Hermann Tilke.
Finally the sport will roll into Sao Paulo for the grand finale around the legendary Interlagos circuit, which is scheduled to take place during the final weekend in November and only 25 days before Christmas. The 2014 Formula 1 season is shaping up to be the longest in the history of the sport, with a highly diverse spread of nations and continents visited by one of the most glamorous sports in existence.
Formula 1 2014 Calendar:
March 16: Australia (Melbourne)
March 3o: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
April 6: Bahrain (Sakhir)
April 20: China (Shanghai)
April 27: Korea (Yeongam) (Provisional)
May 11: Spain (Barcelona)
May 25: Monaco (Monte-Carlo)
June 1: USA (New Jersey) (Provisional)
June 8: Canada (Montreal)
June 22: Austria (Spielberg)
July 6: Great Britain (Silverstone
July 20: Germany (Hockenheim)
July 27: Hungary (Budapest)
August 24: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 7: Italy (Monza)
September 21: Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 5: Russia (Sochi)
October 12: Japan (Suzuka)
October 26: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 9: USA (Austin)
November 16: Mexico (Mexico City (Provisional)
November 30: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
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