19 races. 5 former champions. New engines, a new track, and a new driver on the grid. Massive rule changes, major team changes…
The 2014 Formula 1 season launches on March 16th in Australia (watch the countdown here) and finishes in Abu Dhabi on November 23rd. The 19 race worldwide tour remains one of the most grueling in sports, and includes a brand new race, the return of a circuit that last saw action in 2003, and the marquis events that have defined the sport.
The new race is at the Sochi International Street Circuit where the inaugural Russian Grand Prix will be run. At the site of the current Sochi Olympics, the track will run around and through the Olympic venues similar the the popular Montreal and Melbourne sites.
The returning race is the Austrian Grand Prix in week 8 which was last run in 2003 and won by Michael Schumacher. The Indian grand prix and Korean grand prix were dropped from the schedule and have undoubtedly started planning their return. A couple of venues that were on the provisional schedule, New Jersey / New York and Mexico, were not included in the final schedule, but will make another run at 2015. There was talk of expanding the schedule to 20 plus events for these venues which was met with a chorus of mixed feedback from all sides. Fans in those regions were excited to be the epicenter of the sport for a week. It was always a question, however, whether the already demanding schedule was even feasible logistically. I’m sure that debate will come up every year.
Former F1 champions Fernando Alonso (’05, ’06), Kimi Raikonnen (’07), Lewis Hamilton (’08), Jensen Button (’09), and Sebastian Vettel (2010, 11, 12, & 13) lead a veteran field welcoming rookies Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) and Danil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) to the grid.
- Austin, Texas Circuit of the Americas
- US Viewership Jumps
|2014 Race Dates||
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Circuit / Location
|3/16||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park||2014: Hamilton||Rosberg / Mercedes (1), Kevin Magnussen / McLaren (2), Button / McLaren (3)||Hamilton|
|3/30||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit||2014: Hamilton||Hamilton (1), Rosberg (2), Vettel (3)||Hamilton|
|4/6||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit||2014: Rosberg||Hamilton (1), Rosberg (2), Perez / Force India (3)||Rosberg|
|4/20||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Jiading||2014: Hamilton||Hamilton (1), Rosberg (2), Alonso (3)||Rosberg|
|5/11||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya||2014: Hamilton||Hamilton (1), Rosberg (2), Ricciardo (3)||Vettel|
|5/25||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||2014: Rosberg||Rosberg (1), Hamilton (2), Ricciardo (3)||Ricciardo|
|6/8||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Veilleneuve, Montreal||2014: Rosberg||Ricciardo (1), Rosberg (2), Vettel (3)||Massa|
|6/22||Austrian Grand Prix (Last race 2003)||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||2014: Massa||Rosberg (1), Hamilton (2), Bottas (3)||Sergio Perez (Force India)|
|7/6||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||2014: Rosberg||Hamilton (1), Bottas (Williams, 2), Ricciardo (3)||Hamilton|
|7/20||German Grand Prix||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim||2014: Rosberg||Rosberg (1), Bottas (2), Hamilton (3)||Hamilton|
|7/27||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest||2014: Rosberg||Ricciardo (1), Alonso (2), Hamilton (3)||Rosberg|
|8/24||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||2013: Hamilton (2:01.012)||Vettel (1), Alonso (2), Hamilton (3)||Vettel (1:50.756)|
|9/7||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||2013: Vettel (1:23.755)||Vettel (1), Alonso (2), Webber (3)||Hamilton (1:25.849)|
|9/21||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||2013: Vettel (1:42.841)||Vettel (1), Alonso (2), Raikkonen (3)||Vettel (1:48.574)|
|10/5||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka||2013: Webber (1:30.915)||Vettel (1), Webber (2), Grosjean (3)||Webber (1:34.587)|
|10/12||Russian Grand Prix (Inaugural Race)||Sochi International Street Circuit, Adlersky City||n/a||The track will run around the Olympic Park||n/a|
|11/2||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX||2013: Vettel (1:36.338)||Vettel (1), Grosjean (2), Webber (3)||Vettel (1:39.856)|
|11/9||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paulo||2013: Vettel (1:26.479)||Vettel (1), Webber (2), Alonso (3)||Webber (1:15.436)|
|11/23||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||2013: Webber (1:39.975)||Vettel (1), Webber (2), Rosberg (3)||Alonso (1:43.434)|
Mark your calendars, and for those readers in the US, find your viewing times at NBC Sports…