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Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

Conflicting fortunes for race organisers

Formula 1 will return to Austria and head to Russia in 2014. But for New Jersey, the situation is somewhat cloudier. A new season is slowly creeping over the horizon, with Formula 1’s workforce frantically preparing the new breed of machines that will hit the track in Jerez in three weeks’ time. There will be conflicting fortunes: someone has to finish top of the class and another will end up with the wooden spoon. But for now, there is some anxious work ongoing. It’s a […]

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Korea, New Jersey adamant on F1 future

Organisers of the Korean Grand Prix insist that they are not giving up on the possibility of Formula 1 returning to the country in the future. The race, held at the Yeongam circuit near Mokpo, has been dropped after four years on the calendar. The event has struggled financially since its inaugural race in 2010 but Park Joon-Yung, Governor of The Southern Province of South Jeolla, is adamant that the sport is crucial to the area. "Formula 1 is the future of our province," he […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FIA confirms official 2014 F1 calendar

Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22. All three grands prix had been listed provisionally, with asterisks against them, on a previous calendar published in September by the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA). None appeared however on the final version issued on Wednesday after a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sports Council in Paris. New Jersey's Grand Prix of the […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Korean GP organisers would consider night race

The promoter of the Korean Grand Prix says that he would consider holding the race at night as he bids to strike a better deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Korea joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2010 but has been beset by financial problems and poorly attended races. The 2014 event is set to switch to a date early in the season, with the race scheduled to take place on April 27th. But the FIA has listed the event provisional on the draft 2014 calendar and […]

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013

WMSC confirms 2014 Formula 1 calendar

The World Motor Sport Council has unveiled the calendar for the 2014 Formula 1 season. The 22 race season will begin in Australia in March and end in Brazil in November. The Grand Prix of America is scheduled to take place on June 1st, the second race of three set to take place on consecutive weekends. The Mexican Grand Prix is set to take place on November 16th, the penultimate round of the season. The Korean Grand Prix, set to be the fifth race of […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Jersey promoter still expecting 2014 race

The promoter of the American Grand Prix, Leo Hindery Jr, says he still expects a race around the streets of New Jersey to take place in 2014. The event, which was originally set to join the sport this season, was not included on the provisional 21 race 2014 calendar that was distributed to teams at the Italian Grand Prix. But Hindery says that their omission was to a sanctioning fee not being paid to the relevant US authorities, something which will be done, as scheduled, […]

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013

Whitmarsh: 21 races will be tough in 2014

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes that next year's Formula 1 calendar will be tough for teams. The 2014 season is set to feature 21 races, with Austria and Mexico returning to the sport and Russia joining the circus. For a second successive season, the proposed race in New Jersey was not included on the provisional calendar. "I think 21 is tough," said Whitmarsh. "I’ve got no personal knowledge of New Jersey so I can’t comment on that. Will those 21 all happen? There’s lots […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ecclestone insists 2014 calendar to have 20 races

Bernie Ecclestone has played down suggestions the F1 calendar could blow out to an unprecedented 22 races in 2014. The reports, including in the Italian magazine Autosprint, followed this week's surprise news that Austria will stage a grand prix next year, after a ten-year absence. There are 19 races on the 2013 schedule, with Russia and New Jersey also scheduled to join next year. It is a situation that is of concern to Formula 1 team bosses, with talks set to take place at the […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2014 calendar shenanigans on the horizon

Where will Austria and Russia slot into the 2014 calendar and what about New Jersey? Could a congested calendar cause the sport a headache?

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slim positive over Mexican GP chances

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says there is a strong chance that Formula 1 will return to Mexico in the near future. Mexico has not hosted a Formula 1 race since 1992, when Nigel Mansell won for Williams at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Slim, whose Escuderia Telmex driver programme has helped both Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez reach Formula 1, believes that Mexico's two drivers - as well as the sport's increasing prominence in America, will help Mexico's prospects. "I believe there is […]

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Long term' F1 deal for New Jersey

The promoter of the American Grand Prix says a new long term deal is now in place to hold a Formula 1 race around the streets of New Jersey. The inaugural race around the streets of Weehawken was due to take place this weekend but was postponed in October 2012 and the contract cancelled by Bernie Ecclestone. But race promoter Leo Hindery insists that the event will take place in 12 months' time. "Thanks to the patient, invaluable support of Bernie Ecclestone and FOM [Formula […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ecclestone wants 22-race calendar in 2014

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he wants to push out F1's already bustling calendar to 22 races in 2014. This year, with New Jersey's demise, the schedule has dropped from its original 20 grands prix to just nineteen. But Russia is joining the action next season, and F1 business journalist Christian Sylt wrote in a City A.M. report that talks are on with Mexico and Thailand. "Having races in the right place is what matters," F1 chief executive Ecclestone told Sylt. "The teams could probably deal […]