It’s the way of the Formula One world that the announcement that New Jersey, Korea and Mexico lost their spots on the 2014 race calendar did not come as a massive surprise.
Hosting a F1 Grand Prix costs millions and takes years of planning and development, not to mention numerous FIA inspections to make a new race happen.
Financial problems are understood to be the reasons behind both Korea and New Jersey missing out, whilst the lack of a commercial contract scuppered Mexico’s return with work on the Mexico City track not even having started.
There has been talk about several countries returning to host grands prix over recent years, and Austria is set to return in June next year.
All things being good, here are five countries it would be great to see back on the calendar judged on criteria such as potential for fanbase expansion, classic circuits and financial infrastructure.