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.

Marvin Musquin’s Indy win may have come too late

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Marvin Musquin answered one question at Indianapolis last week, but the biggest one may well plague him for the next six weeks.

Musquin has won a battle, but can he win the war?

After standing on the podium in eight of the first 10 races, Musquin finally showed the field he was capable of winning in Indy when he grabbed the holeshot and led every lap on the way to Victory Lane. He was never seriously challenged and it was the Musquin that Supercross fans expected to see all season.

It was a long time coming. Musquin must have felt like victory was just around the corner after finishing second in the overall standings in Anaheim II’s Triple Crown race. He was third in the first Main that night and second in the last two Mains.

As it turned out, that single race defined his season until last week. Musquin stood on the podium all night, but he finished two spots behind Cooper Webb in the first Main and was one spot back in the second. It was only as time ran out that he was able to beat Webb by a single spot in the third Main. If Musquin had won either of the first two Mains, he would have had the overall victory – denying Webb his first career win in the process.

Webb’s Anaheim win revitalized the rider and gave him the confidence to rattle off four more wins in the next seven races.

Meanwhile, Musquin scored podium finishes in the next seven races, making him almost perfect. In another season, a record like that would have been enough to give him a comfortable points lead. In 2019, he sit 14 markers out of first, which is the points’ equivalent of the difference between first and 11th in one race. In other words, Webb cannot lose the points lead at Seattle unless he finishes outside the top 10 while his teammate wins.

Looking at the numbers another way the scenario is not quite as hopeless. Musquin needs to shave only 2.3 points off Webb’s lead each week to win the championship. Three points separate first and second. Five points differentiates first from third, which is where Webb finished in Indianapolis. Webb is vulnerable as his 10th-place finish at Glendale and an eighth at San Diego attest.

Those bobbles came early and Webb seems to have forgotten how to make a mistake.

A third-place is Webb’s worst finish in the last six weeks and since Anaheim II when Musquin started his impressive string of podium finishes, Webb has recorded an average finish of 2.2. That came with a worst finish of eighth on an extremely muddy and heavy track in San Diego. Musquin has a worst finish of only sixth, but his average of 2.8 still lags behind Webb.

Worse still, since Anaheim II Musquin has finished behind Webb in every race except for the outlier of San Diego.

It is no longer a question of keeping pressure on Webb. Musquin cannot expect his teammate to make a mistake; he has to find a way to pass him on the track. If Webb adds only two points to his lead at Seattle, Musquin’s fate would no longer be in his hands. He would need to gain 3.2 points per race. With that scenario, Webb could finish one spot behind Musquin every week and still win the championship.