New Jersey GP still could claim place on 2014 F1 calendar

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Officials for the proposed Grand Prix of America in New Jersey have revealed that the race is yet to be formally postponed for next season, with the event only being omitted from the provisional calendar due to an administrative deadline being missed.

A twenty-one race ‘draft’ calendar was revealed yesterday with the race not being included, and instead being replaced by the revived Mexican Grand Prix. Although this appeared to end New Jersey’s hopes of being on the calendar after months of speculation surrounding its future, it appears that all is not lost for those hoping to see the United States host a second grand prix next season.

According to Press Association, a source at the Grand Prix of America has confirmed that the only reason the race was not featured on the calendar was because the application has not been submitted to the national organization – the Automobile Competitions Committee for the United States – that all grands prix must notify.

The source also confirmed that the application will be submitted by the time the World Motor Sport Council meets to finalize next year’s schedule, meaning that the race could yet go ahead.

Furthermore, in an interview with Sky Sports, President and CEO of FOM Bernie Ecclestone said that there could yet be twenty-two races on the 2014 calendar, allowing for New Jersey to join the somewhat-congested schedule for next season.

The saga surrounding the race is set to continue, but it appears that Ecclestone’s long-standing desire to take a race to the New York area burns as brightly as ever.

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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