It would be nice to have a definitive calendar for 2013 before we start speculating about what happens in 2014 when, in theory at least, there will be two new races on the F1 calendar in the form of New Jersey and Sochi, on the Russian Riviera. The mayor of the city Anatoly Pakhomov has now told reporters in Moscow that the race will be held in November 2014. According to the mayor and the latest photographs from the site, the work is going well and all construction will be ready before the Olympic Games in February 2014. The organizers have strenuously denied repeated reports of delays. The contract that exists calls for a seven-year deal between 2014 and 2020.
The problem with all this is the weather with, according to historical averages, drops from around 15-degree C highs to 4-degree C lows at the end of October to seven-degree C highs and minus one degree C lows at the end of the month. The temperature has dropped as low as minus five degrees C in the past. While it is possible to run races in such conditions, it is hardly desirable, particularly when Formula 1 wants to have large viewing figured at the end of its championship and so would prefer to be in Brazil at that time of year, to maximise the number of live viewers at prime times in Europe. The calendar for the last few years has been one that pops backwards and forwards to Asia is the autumn months before the swing down to Brazil (with Austin being popped in this year).
If New Jersey fails to happen one can see Austin moving to June (although that would be blazingly hot in Texas) with Sochi joining the calendar after India and Abu Dhabi.
However, te’s sort out 2013 before we start fiddling with 2014…