F1’s controversial 22-race calendar for 2014 has shrunk by three races, it has emerged in the Austin paddock.
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has seen the revised 19-race calendar and it does not feature previously-scheduled grands prix in New Jersey, Mexico and Korea. The season finale, previously set to be held in Brazil late in 2014 as per the last few seasons, will now be held in Abu Dhabi, with the championship also to be wrapped up two weeks earlier than expected.
Korea and New Jersey have reportedly succumbed to financial troubles, while Mexico City has run out of time to guarantee that necessary money for improvements to the circuit – last used for F1 in 1992 – will flow. “But the grand prix will be held in 2015,” said correspondent Michael Schmidt. “The (Mexican) government has had to delay its subsidy because of the recent flooding, which is more important than a grand prix,” he added. The revised calendar is set to be rubber-stamped by the governing FIA in early December.