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Mexico in, New Jersey out in new tentative calendar

The new provisional schedule features 21 races implying one will be written off by the time official calendar is approved in december.
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sep.5 (GMM.- A draft 2014 calendar circulated to team bosses at Monza on Thursday features an unprecedented 21 races.

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The provisional schedule, seen by media outlets including the British broadcasters Sky and the BBC, and the news agency Reuters, includes new grands prix in Russia, Austria and Mexico.

New Jersey and India are missing, but other races that have also appeared uncertain recently - notably Korea - are listed, taking the count beyond the 20 dates that has been regarded by team bosses as the maximum.

"It remains to be seen which one is dropped," an unnamed team boss told Reuters on Thursday.

Korea, Russia and Mexico - with its race slated to be held on the ageing scene of the 1992 grand prix in Mexico City - are all listed as subject to confirmation of the venue or contract.

If the New Jersey race (GP od the Americas) fails to happen, it would be a major blow to F1 interests in the United States market. The race was stated to take place this year and it was postponed to 2014.

The region around the track holds the biggest population concentration in the US with big cities such as Washington, Philadelphia and the entire New York Metropolitan area. About 40 Million people.

s for the Mexican GP, the presence of two drivers from the country means an opportunity for which organizers and investors are pushing for it. Still, it will be hard to make it happen given the calendar constraints in terms of number of races not to be more than 20, and of course the need to update the track.

The World Motor Sport Council will consider the draft calendar at a meeting in Croatia later this month.

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