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:
|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.”