FIA Confirms Three Races Dropped from 2014 Formula 1 Calendar

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 24:  F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock before the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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The International Automobile Federation has confirmed next year's Formula One season will stick to 19 races, instead of pushing the overall total to 22.

Plans to install Grands Prix in New Jersey and Mexico have now been dropped, with the South Korean event also being removed from future plans, as confirmed by Sky Sports.

Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg had previously reported how the New Jersey race was set to be postponed for a second consecutive season after Bernie Ecclestone was quoted saying in the Wall Street Journal that it would be cancelled for "lots and lots and lots of reasons."

Originally due to host its first race on Oct. 16, 2013, the route alongside New Jersey's iconic shores and across the Hudson River is beginning to look like a lost cause.

Novy-Williams suggests race organisers failed to correspond when asked about the details and "would not comment until after the release of the official 2014 F1 calendar later this week."

Ecclestone had previously played down New Jersey's appearance, according to Adam Cooper of Fox Sports:

"New Jersey won’t happen because they still haven’t got the finance together for that," said Ecclestone. "I put it on the calendar because they keep telling me it’s all going to happen."

Cooper also suggested the Mexican GP was more than likely to be removed at the beginning of last month. He cites Ecclestone once more, who reportedly claimed there was little chance of an entire pit complex being completed in 12 months.

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 06:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing crosses the finish line to win the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit on October 6, 2013 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Mar
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This year's South Korean GP was won by overall champion Sebastian Vettel, but David Tremayne of The Independent claims it made itself likely to be dropped after organisers wanted to break free of its scheduling next to the 2014 Chinese race.

As reported by Reuters via Yahoo! Eurosport, the confirmation of the calendar now crosses out a trio of competitions that would have taken the F1 season to a record-breaking length.

While disappointing to lose the interest of new races, the challenging logistics and financial structure of the F1 season makes it liable to dramatic changes.

Fans may be hoping to see the likes of New Jersey and Mexico in the future, but right now, there's a lot of work to be done.