Formula One as a whole has been making some major changes in the few weeks following the 2013 Formula One™ World Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 24. Not only have the sport’s rules been given an extreme makeover, but so has the schedule.
The 2014 F1 schedule was released with two new locations, three eliminated locations, and several changes in the lineup of those coming back this year.
Out With the Old
Several circuits and locations that were being considered for 2014 have officially been removed from the schedule. The Grand Prix of America, which was originally going to be held in New Jersey at the Port Imperial Street Circuit, is being postponed until 2015. This means that the only F1® race to be held in the United States will be in Austin, Texas at the Circuit of The Americas™. This venue first hosted the F1® United States Grand Prix in 2012, and plans to be back every year to come after great feedback from F1®, the drivers and the fans.
The second location to be knocked off the 2014 schedule is Mexico, which was planning to make its first Formula One™ debut since 1992 after a 22 year absence in the sport. This is a unique race location, because it holds one of F1®’s top drivers, Sergio Perez, who is new to Force India’s dominant team in 2014 and has collected 3 podium finished in his career. This race is tentatively scheduled for 2015 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City, along with the Korean Grand Prix.
Korea made its F1® debut in 2010 and has also been removed from the 2014 schedule after the four-year stint at Yeongam’s Korea International Circuit.
In With the New
Two well known circuits will be joining the 2014 schedule for the first time in years… make that decades!
Austria will be the first Grand Prix to enter the lineup, right in between the Grand Prix du Canada and the Santander British Grand Prix. The Austrian Grand Prix will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria on June 20-22, 2014. This will be Austria’s first F1® debut since 2003.
Other new changes to the schedule occur in the order of the lineup. The Chinese and Bahrain Grand Prixs will be switching places, with Bahrain jumping to the third race of the season, and China dropping to the fourth race. Austria and Russia will drop several following races a spot, as they take the place of the 8th and 16th races of the season. The finale will also be changing for 2014 season, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix dropping down two spots to host the Formula One™ World Championship on November 23rd. This race will replace Brazil as the final race and will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates.Russia is the second location to be added to the schedule, landing a spot toward the end of the season following the Japanese Grand Prix. This Grand Prix was last held as a motor race in the 1910’s and will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Sochi International Street Circuit on October 10-12, 2014.
2014 Formula One™ World Championship Schedule