F1 calendar extended to 22 races as New Jersey and Mexico back on board
Next year set to break records with 22 races — two more than the previous high of in 2012
The FIA has announced New Jersey and Mexico have been included as provisional venues on an unprecedented 22-race Formula One calendar for 2014.
The Grand Prix of America should have taken place this year on June 16th — as part of a North American double header, with the Canadian Grand Prix the week before — but failed to do so because of financial issues.
But alongside Mexico and Korea, the event has been given provisional acceptance for the next year’s campaign.
The troubled event in New Jersey, along the Hudson River and with the Manhattan skyline serving as a backdrop, is scheduled to be the eighth race of the campaign on June 1st, with the race in Canada this time down for the following week.
The Korean Grand Prix is slated to be the fifth race of the calendar on April 27th and returns after missing out this season, although Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel clinched back-to-back victories on the Korea International Circuit in 2011 and 2012.
Mexico has also been included as a venue and will be hosting its first grand prix since 1992. The event will be contested on November 16, the penultimate race of the calendar, with the familiar location of Sao Paulo in Brazil hosting the finale two weeks later.
Next year could be a record-breaking calendar with 22 races — two more than the previous highest of 20 in 2012.