The organizers of the planned F1 street race in New Jersey still believe they will be on the 2014 calendar despite being left off a draft schedule last month.
“We never had any expectation of being on a preliminary schedule,” race promoter Leo Hindery Jnr told Sporting Life.
“The calendar decision will be made later this month, and although I can’t guarantee anything, we fully expect to be on it.”
It’s almost two years since the original announcement of the ambitious plan to bring Formula One to the Hudson River waterfront, in sight of the famed Manhattan skyline.
Although F1 has accepted the possibility of holding a second race in the USA alongside the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, the first attempt to get the race on the calendar this year failed.
“Hands down this has been the toughest challenge of my career,” Hindery admitted.
He said Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is behind the project, providing they deliver everything on time: “Bernie told us if we stayed consistent with the rules and applications then he would expect there to be a New Jersey race.”
“Time-wise, we have done everything we have been told to do, and when to do it.”
New Jersey is one of four venues vying to join the calendar next year, along with Austria, Mexico and Russia.
Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.
The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.
“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.
“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.
“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”
The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.
Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.
Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.
McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.