New Jersey, Mexico on 22-race F1 calendar
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...