x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

2014 dates are pencilled in for Formula One

Abu Dhabi event set for October race while New Jersey shelved again as Mexico and Russia make appearances on the calendar.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been given an October date for the first time for the 2014 race.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been given an October date for the first time for the 2014 race.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set for its earliest position on the Formula One calendar after an October 26 date yesterday was announced on the provisional F1 schedule for 2014.

This year's race, the fifth staging of the event at Yas Marina Circuit, takes place on November 3, but the 2014 race will be the first to be held before November.

A draft of the provisional calendar was circulated to teams in Monza yesterday by motorsport's ruling body, the FIA, as they prepared for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

The schedule at present will make 2014 the longest in F1's history with 21 races planned, though some further adjustments are possible when the calendar is discussed and ratified at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Dubrovnik, Croatia, later this month. Abu Dhabi will be the 18th event of the season, also its earliest position in terms of the line-up.

In 2009 and 2010 Abu Dhabi was the season finale, in 2011 it staged the penultimate race. In 2012 it hosted the third-to-last race.

For the second successive year, it appears there will be no grand prix in New Jersey despite recent claims to the contrary made by promoter Leo Hindery and despite it being a priority of F1 chief executive officer Bernie Ecclestone, to have two races in the United States on the calendar.

Instead, Mexico has a November 9 slot - the country's first race in 22 years - preceding the United States Grand Prix. The Brazil event is again closing the season on November 30.

Mexico's return, however, is dependent on the old Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez being given a major makeover to ensure it is race-ready.

Russia is also slated to make its debut on October 19, but again that is dependent on the track at Sochi being developed in time.

The return of Austria at the Red Bull Ring has been switched from July 6, a date now occupied by Silverstone, to June 22, two weeks earlier. The venue last hosted an F1 race in 2003.

The season will again begin at Melbourne's Albert Park on March 16, despite suggestions earlier this year that Bahrain would open the proceedings two weeks earlier.

Korea has been brought forward from October to an April date and will follow immediately after the race in China, although the Korean race is reliant on a new contract being signed. The event has struggled to make a profit and draw local interest since coming on the scene in 2010.

THE DATES

Provisional 2014 calendar

• March 16 Australia (Melbourne)

• March 23 – Malaysia (Sepang)

• April 6 – China (Shanghai)

• April 13 – Korea* (Korea International Circuit)

• April 27 – Bahrain (Sakhir)

• May 11 – Spain (Barcelona)

• May 25 – Monaco (Monaco)

• June 8 – Canada (Montreal)

• June 22 – Austria (Red Bull Ring)

• July 6 – Britain (Silverstone)

• July 20 – Germany (Hockenheim)

• July 27 – Hungary (Budapest)

• August 24 – Belgium (Spa)

• September 7 – Italy (Monza)

• September 21 – Singapore (Marina Bay)

• October 5 – Japan (Suzuka)

• October 19 – Russia* (Sochi)

• October 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

• November 9 – Mexico* (Mexico City)

• November 16 – USA (Circuit of the Americas)

• November 30 – Brazil (Interlagos)

* Subject to deals being reached