Formula One fans in North America were justifiably excited when the FIA published its provisional calendar for next season. Not only did it include the perennial Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and the (still new) US Grand Prix in Austin, but also races in both New Jersey and Mexico. But a lot can change in between the provisional calendar and the finalized one. And the latest reports from the F1 circuit indicate that both the grands prix in Jersey and Mexico might not make the cut.

The issue apparently comes down to readiness, and neither of the tracks being prepared for the races in question are expected to be ready in time to host the expansion races. The problems with the Jersey track have been off and on for some time now, but the construction of the pits and paddock complex in Mexico has apparently faced more setbacks than expected.

As a result, we could be looking at a 20-race calendar next season, which most of the teams agree is the maximum they could accommodate, anyway. However, the vacancy could allow for the Indian Grand Prix to continue on for next season instead of sitting it out.


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      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the narcos in Mexico….shouldn't be there in the first place.
        Mxpress
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Actually would be better if narco sponsor the F1 race, since Telmex and Carlos Slim companies, local government and everybody involved in first place, ditch the idea because they think it's too expensive to have a race and yes, I'm from Mexico city
        dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        its in southern mexico, cartel violence is mostly up north on the border
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Cool Disco Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe we can get it at the new Old Dominion track in VA. Probably not though.
      flatdarkmars
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't expect the fate of the NJ and Mexico races to have much bearing on the return of the Indian GP. The reason for the Indian GP's hiatus isn't a too-crowded calendar, it's that Bernie wanted to move the race to an early-season date, and the organizers felt that they wouldn't be ready to run an early-2014 race so soon after their late-2013 race, so they agreed to skip a year instead.
      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      The NJ race isn't going to happen. Grew up in Hudson Country, NJ and can tell you that the people running the place won't get their **** together for an F1 race that they know nothing about. They can keep putting it on the calendar but it won't happen.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      After Hurricane Sandy some people dared to pint out that the reason it took NY and NJ so long to get back up was because of corruption and mismanagement. .................and now we see why, they knew the race was coming but someone along the way (most likely some politico) felt someone did not milk enough money so construction needs to go on for another year......................