A draft calendar for the 2014 Formula One World Championship has apparently been released which contains 21 races, two more than in 2013, with the Indian Grand Prix losing its slot, the Korean Grand Prix moving to Round 4 (as part of a double header with the Chinese Grand Prix), and new races in Austria and Russia. There is no place however for the New Jersey American Grand Prix, which continues to struggle. However Bernie Ecclestone has maintained New Jersey could still happen, and in 3-4 weeks time we will get the final schedule for 2014.
Currently, the season would run from the 16th of March until the final weekend of November, and the 21 races would be a record for Formula One, going above the 20 that most team officials and drivers say should be the absolute limit. The fears are the teams will face burn out during the year, especially as teams learn the new cars next year with turbo engines and the like.
The schedule begins again in Australia, despite the rumours recently that Bahrain would host the opening race of the season. Bahrain incidentally looks like turning into the second Night time race after Singapore. Brazil finishes the season as I think it should, as the track always provides good on-track action whether wet or dry. The season currently has 5 back-to-back race weekends, but the summer break in August between Hungary and Belgium remains. There are less breaks in the calendar than this year, not surprising with the 3 additional races added.
Draft 2014 Formula One World Championship Schedule:
March 16 – Australia (Melbourne)
March 23 – Malaysia (Sepang)
April 06 – China (Shanghai)
April 13 – Korea* (Korea International Circuit)
April 27 – Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)
June 08 – Canada (Montreal)
June 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 06 – Britain (Silverstone)
July 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)
July 27 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 24 – Belgium (Spa)
September 07 – Italy (Monza)
September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 05 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 19 – Russia* (Sochi)
October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 09 – Mexico* (Mexico City)
November 16 – USA (Circuit of the Americas)
November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)
* The Korean, Mexican and Russia rounds are subject to confirmation of track completion & contract.