F1 teams say New Jersey could be 'impossible' task

Fri Oct 4, 2013 2:08pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

YEONGAM, South Korea (Reuters) - Formula One teams face an almost impossible logistical challenge if a race in New Jersey remains on the 2014 calendar on the weekend immediately after Monaco, team managers said on Friday.

The current calendar, which has an asterisk against three races including the race on the U.S. East Coast, includes a novel 'triple header' of Monaco, New Jersey and Canada on successive weekends from May 25 to June 8.

Some team principals expect the final calendar to have fewer races, with New Jersey's street race currently the most in doubt along with South Korea.

"It's something almost impossible, to be honest, to be done," Ferrari's Massimo Rivola told a news conference at the Korean Grand Prix when asked about the logistics.

"But... we will see the real calendar and then we figure it out."

The freight for a long-haul race like Canada has traditionally been sent on the Saturday of the previous week to allow plenty of time to clear customs and for teams to set up garages and prepare cars for Friday practice.

Sauber's Beat Zehnder said any later shipment would have a knock-on effect.

"I think we would have to start packing up on Saturday in Monaco to make it to Jersey," he said. "If you're only able to send your freight on a Monday or a Tuesday, it compromises your weekend quite a bit."   Continued...