New Jersey, Mexico on 22-race F1 calendar

Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:15pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Mexico and a new race on the streets of New Jersey were among three grands prix listed provisionally on a record 22-round Formula One calendar issued by the governing FIA on Friday.

The inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas, to be staged against a backdrop of New York's Manhattan skyline, had looked doubtful earlier in the year when it was absent from a draft calendar circulated to teams.

"The entire Grand Prix of America team is thrilled to join the 2014 FIA calendar and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey," race promoter Leo Hindery, Jr. said in a statement.

The Korean Grand Prix, which moves from an October date to April 27, and the return of Mexico City as the penultimate race on November 16 after a 22-year absence also had asterisks against them on the list published by the International Automobile Federation.

Russia will make its Formula One debut with a grand prix in 2014 Winter Olympics venue Sochi on Oct 5. and Austria's Red Bull-owned Spielberg circuit returns on June 22 after a decade off the calendar.

Whether the long-awaited New Jersey race is confirmed for June 1 remains to be seen, although commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone and sponsors have long sought a grand prix on the East Coast.

The United States also has a race in Austin, Texas, scheduled for November 9.

The Indian Grand Prix near New Delhi has been dropped, as previously announced, with organizers hoping to return in 2015.   Continued...

Formula One defending world champion Sebastian Vettel speaks during a news conference after taking a preview lap around the Grand Prix of America course at Port Imperial in Weehawken, New Jersey, June 11, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton