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How a 22-race F1 calendar could look

Mar 6, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT

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Bernie Ecclestone has raised the prospect of expanding F1’s calendar to new heights with a 22-race schedule.

Speaking to London newspaper City AM earlier this week Ecclestone said:

“Having races in the right place is what matters. The teams could probably deal with 22 races.”

A punishing 20-race schedule took its toll on teams last year. This year’s calendar has been trimmed to 19 races following the loss of the little-loved race in Valencia, Spain.

But several venues are lined up to join the calendar in the near future, including the postponed second American race in New Jersey which was supposed to take place this year.

Russia has also been penciled in for its first Grand Prix in November 2014. Last month Ecclestone revealed he was in talks about reviving the Mexican Grand Prix.

Here’s how an expanded schedule for 2014 could look:

Round Race Circuit
1 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
3 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit
4 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit
5 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monte-Carlo
7 Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8 Jersey Grand Prix New Jersey
9 British Grand Prix Silverstone
10 German Grand Prix Hockenheimring
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring
12 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps
13 Italian Grand Prix Monza
14 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore
15 Korean Grand Prix Korean International Circuit
16 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka
17 Indian Grand Prix Buddh International Circuit
18 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina
19 Russian Grand Prix Sochi
20 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas
21 Mexican Grand Prix Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
22 Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos

However Ecclestone has his eye on other new venues. He told the same interview: “If I had the choice I would like to go back to South Africa. I want to be in Cape Town.”

  1. wallio - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Supposedly the new Corncorde Agreement (which no one signed yet) allows for a max of 22. That schedule’s ok, but I say add Russia and South Africa, don’t add Jersey, drop Korea, Bahrain, and Abu Dubai, and bring back France, Austria, Argentina, and Imola. That’s 22 races in 21 countries (with it traditional European base) on 6 continents. Done.

  2. jsimm57184 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    22 races would be bumping up to the edge for a season! Russia should follow Monza with weather and travel. This could make the South Africa race into the number 19 Russia slot. Plus I don’t see the Korean or Bahrain continuing which could allow for calendar movement too. With this calendar, all the major markets for sponsors would be covered for global coverage.

  3. tripperhead - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    No motorsport fan ever said the season is too short. If NASCAR can do 36 races, all I hear is complaining.

    In unrelated news, what the hell is with having to sign up for WordPress to comment? Is there something wrong with Google, Facebook, Twitter or just a generic sign up page? Sheesh….

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