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SBD Global/July 29, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
F1, FIA Agree New Concorde Deal; F1 Teams Want Calendar To Have 20-Race Limit
Published July 29, 2013
TWENTY RACE LIMIT: REUTERS' Baldwin also wrote that Ecclestone could have 22 races jostling for a slot next season, "but teams have made clear they want the calendar limited to 20." The current championship has 19 rounds, but Austria is returning in '14 after an 11-year absence "while new races in New Jersey and Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi have also been penciled in." Ecclestone said that 20 races would be "a good amount." Ecclestone added that "everything is possible" and the calendar could go above 20 "if we have to." F1 "has never had more than 20 rounds" (REUTERS, 7/28). In a separate article, Baldwin wrote "the Hungarian Grand Prix has signed a contract extension to stay on the calendar" until '21. The race at the Hungaroring has been a fixture since its debut in '86 as F1's first in Eastern Europe and behind what was then the "Iron Curtain" (REUTERS, 7/28).