New Jersey Dropped From Draft Calendar

Former Red Bull Formula One driver David Coulthard drives the Red Bull show car for a video shoot in Weehawken, N.J. (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for Red Bull)

The does not appear on a provisional 2014 F1 calendar given to the teams circulating in Monza Thursday.

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While the schedule won’t be definitive until the World Motor Sport Council approves it on Sept. 27, it appears that there is little chance of the race being slotted in, unless another race is dropped.

The schedule includes 21 events, including Russia, the already announced return to Austria, and a return to Mexico that has been rumored for some weeks. The latter event is scheduled to run a week before Austin.

As expected, India is absent, although the race is expected to return in 2015.

Korea, which many expected to be dropped next year, has been moved to the start of the year. It is now twinned with Shanghai. However, it is marked subject to confirmation, as indeed are Mexico and Russia, as the venues have to be formally approved.

New Jersey’s absence would appear to confirm that the promoters have not met their commercial obligations, and given that the event was already dropped from the 2013 calendar, a further reprieve appears unlikely.

“They have a contract,” stated at Spa. “If they can comply with the contract, we want to be there. If they come to me next week, and show they have complied with whatever it should be, it’s alright. They’ve got to finish the circuit, so they need to pay, and they need to comply with the conditions for us.”

2014 Draft F1 Calendar

March 16: Australia
March 23: Malaysia
April 6: China
April 13: Korea*
April 27: Bahrain
May 11: Spain
May 25: Monaco
June 8: Canada
June 22: Austria
July 6: Britain
July 20: Germany
July 27: Hungary
August 24: Belgium
September 7: Italy
September 21: Singapore
October 5: Japan
October 19: Russia
October 26: Abu Dhabi
November 9: Mexico*
November 16: Austin, Texas
November 30:
Brazil

*subject to confirmation by

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