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New Jersey included on 22 race 2014 calendar


At its meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the FIA's World Motor Sport Council confirmed that a new Concorde Agreement with the Formula One Group is operative, Pirelli is to remain the sport's sole tyre supplier and the provisional 2014 calendar.

As confirmed earlier today the framework for the implementation of the 2013 Concorde Agreement has now come into force. This provides the FIA with significantly improved financial means to pursue its regulatory missions and to reflect the enhanced role undertaken by the FIA in motor sport.

The parties have agreed a strong and stable sporting governance framework which includes the Formula One Group, the FIA and the participating teams. The agreement lays down solid foundations for the further development of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Having congratulated the FIA President, Jean Todt, for the successful conclusion to the negotiations, the WMSC members also accepted his proposal to create a new task force, after the FIA Presidential Election, charged with proposing the allocation of the additional financial resources for the FIA and its membership.

One of the noteworthy aspects of the new 2013 Concorde Agreement is the new tender procedure for appointing single suppliers in the tyre and fuel categories, for the FIA F1 World Championship.

In this new process, the FIA will be confirmed as the body in charge of conducting the tender process. The Commercial Rights Holder will be entitled to run the commercial negotiations with potential suppliers, with a view to the selected single supplier being officially appointed by the WMSC.

In order to cover the transition period and considering the contracts already settled by FOM and the Teams with Pirelli, the WMSC confirmed that Pirelli may continue to supply tyres to competitors in Formula One, subject to the requisite technical and safety standards of the FIA being met.

While confirmation of Pirelli as the sport's sole tyre supplier, at least for 2014, was a mere formality, talk of a single fuel supplier is sure to raise eyebrows along the pitlane with teams enjoying individual, highly lucrative, partnerships with their own suppliers, Ferrari with Shell, Mercedes with Petronas, Red Bull and Lotus with Total and Williams with PDVSA being prime examples.

The 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:

Date Race Circuit
16-Mar Australia Melbourne
30-Mar Malaysia Sepang
06-Apr Bahrain Sakhir
20-Apr China Shanghai International Circuit
27-Apr Korea* Yeongam
11-May Spain Barcelona
25-May Monaco Monaco
01-Jun America* New Jersey
08-Jun Canada Montreal
22-Jun Austria Red Bull Ring
06-Jul Britain Silverstone
20-Jul Germany Hockenheim
27-Jul Hungary Hungaroring
24-Aug Belgium Spa Francorchamps
07-Sep Italy Monza
21-Sep Singapore Marina Bay
05-Oct Russia Sochi
12-Oct Japan Suzuka
26-Oct Abu Dhabi Yas Marina
09-Nov United States Austin
16-Nov Mexico* Mexico City
30-Nov Brazil Interlagos

* Subject to the circuit approval


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1. Posted by The Rumble Strip, 29/09/2013 18:09

"The release of the 2014 calendar wets the appetite for what, as it stands, will be the longest season on record.

Whilst fans appreciate as many races as possible, there has to be a fine balance between that and the point of saturation, which does seem pretty close.

Added to the logistics for teams, including a unique triple header creating a major headache, one has to suspect and believe that further changes to the calendar, such as the removal of at least one of the provisional races, will doubtless happen before a definitive final version is published.

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2. Posted by JackTheCat, 29/09/2013 8:22

"Once again we have the usual contradiction in F1. Testing is no longer allowed primarily due to cost saving reasons and therefore a so called intention to somewhat level the 'playing field' so how does having 22 races help with saving costs? It's too many and will not add anything to the championsip.

Or has the calendar been released knowing we will lose at least 2 of those races due to them being unable to fund the event or the venue not being ready etc.?"

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3. Posted by Kkiirmki, 29/09/2013 7:23

"I'm all for more races however if it involves Vettel (no matter how impressive he is) sailing off in to the distance to easily win by more than 30 seconds every race then maybe it will be too many. Good to see the double North American leg is back, provided New Jersey goes ahead. The U.S. is certainly back from the wilderness and hopefully the New Jersey race turns out to be just as good as Austin. "

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4. Posted by gasconboy, 28/09/2013 8:30

"WOW---- indeed, but surely the season is becoming too long, and how many really good races are the in a year and nearly always on the old classic circuits to sustain interest!! Perhaps we should have some films of the logistics of moving the " circus""

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5. Posted by kraut, 27/09/2013 16:17

"WOW ... 5 races in the first 6 weeks of the season. You better have a good car right from the get-go. To move the whole caravan from Sepang to Bahrain in a few days is tough enough but from Monaco to New Jersey within 2/3 days and then right away to Montreal ... that will be quite a challenge. All the crazy rush and still a 4 week break ?"

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