No F1 GPs in New Jersey, SKorea, Mexico next year
Dec. 04, 2013
PARIS (AP) — New Formula One races in Austria and Russia were confirmed on Wednesday, while the provisional events in New Jersey, South Korea and Mexico were cut in the revised calendar.
Teams had been angry in October that the provisional calendar included a record 22 races, and the finalized schedule remains the same at 19.
The new Austrian Grand Prix will be on June 22, bringing the teams back to Europe after the race in Montreal. The Russian GP in Sochi, which hosts the Winter Olympics in February, will be on Oct. 12, a stopover for teams from the Japanese GP to the United States GP. They replace the Indian GP and South Korean GP.
The promoter of the planned New Jersey race says he's working to restructure the financing so the event can be held in 2015.
Leo Hindery Jr. said on Wednesday he wants the race to take place as soon as possible. But he calls it a "huge undertaking" to build the road course without tapping public money while also meeting the series' timing demands.
Organizers in South Korea also faced financial difficulties while the race track in Mexico City is taking longer than expected to redevelop.
The season will start in Australia on March 16 and will end in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 23 instead of the usual finale at Interlagos in Brazil.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany finished ahead of Fernando Alonso of Spain this year to win a fourth straight world title.