Mexico back on F1 calendar as New York misses out
Plans for a Grand Prix in New York have been dropped from the provisional calendar for the 2014 Formula One season, revealed to reporters on Thursday, but Mexico does return.
New Jersey had hoped to stage a race around a 3.2-mile street circuit with views of the New York City skyline, but instead Mexico can look forward to hosting a first Grand Prix since 1992 at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
A race in South Korea also features in the 21-race calendar.
A first draft of the 2014 provisional calendar has been distributed to teams ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, but must be approved at a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council due to take place in Croatia on September 26-28.
If it is approved and all the races take place, the teams will face their longest season in the history of the sport.
In addition to the return of Mexico, where big and enthusiastic crowds have always greeted F1, the calendar includes an event in Russia at the winter Olympic venue Sochi.
"Formula 1 will be amazed by how popular this grand prix can become within a single race - just one race," Mexico's Sergio Perez, currently driving for McLaren, said of the return of his home Grand Prix.
"People in Mexico are really enthusiastic about it and it will be fantastic news for my home country.
"People are always talking about bad Mexico is, so I think it's a real opportunity for us to show the world how good we are as a country."
As expected, the season will start in Australia on March 16 for the traditional double-header with Malaysia.
The Korean Grand Prix has been moved from the end of season run of flyaway events to become the fourth race of the campaign, taking place in the week after the Chinese GP.
However, the event is likely to only be made official subject to the completion of a contract with Formula One Management.
The Austrian Grand Prix is also due to return and has been given a provisional date of June 22.
The returning Austrian race is pencilled in for June 22, earlier than the July 6 date that it was originally scheduled for.
The new Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will become a back-to-back with Abu Dhabi, while the Mexican Grand Prix is being twinned with the United States Grand Prix at Austin, Texas.
Draft calendar for the 2014 Formula One season:
March 16 - Australia (Melbourne)
March 23 - Malaysia (Sepang)
April 6 - China (Shanghai)
April 13 - South Korea* (Korea International Circuit)
April 27 - Bahrain (Sakhir)
May 11 - Spain (Barcelona)
May 25 - Monaco (Monaco)
June 8 - Canada (Montreal)
June 22 - Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 6 - Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 20 - Germany (Hockenheim)
July 27 - Hungary (Budapest)
August 24 - Belgium (Spa)
September 7 - Italy (Monza)
September 21 - Singapore (Marina Bay)
October 5 - Japan (Suzuka)
October 19 - Russia* (Sochi)
October 26 - Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
November 9 - Mexico* (Mexico City)
November 16 - USA (Circuit of the Americas, Austin)
November 30 - Brazil (Interlagos)
* Subject to confirmation
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