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F1 Releases '14 Calendar With Russian GP As Only New Stop; Formula E Unveils Schedule
Published December 5, 2013
NORMAL KICK OFF: SKY SPORTS' James Galloway reported the season as unusual "will kick off with the Australian GP, on March 16, but for the first time since 2007 the Melbourne event will not run back-to-back with Malaysia, which will instead be held a week ahead of the Bahrain GP on March 30." This change "comes despite teams expressing concerns about the logistical sense of a two-week break between the season's opening two flyaway events." One significant change to the provisional calendar, however, is that Abu Dhabi and not Brazil "will stage the season finale on November 23, the third time the Yas Marina circuit has been given the honour" (SKY SPORTS, 12/4). CRASH wrote the promoter of the Russian Grand Prix "inked an agreement with the Russian Automobile Federation" on Tuesday. Under the agreement, the RAF "will become the Russian Grand Prix sporting organiser ahead of the inaugural event in Sochi next October." The agreement "is good news, as a dispute between the two saw RAF miss a deadline imposed by the FIA to make an official application to join the 2014 F1 calendar back in August" (CRASH, 12/3).
F1 ON NBC: The NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 2013 F1 season reached 10.3 million viewers for all 19 races accross NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, up 15% compared to FOX/SPEED's coverage last season (8.9 million). In addition, the four F1 races that aired on NBC this year averaged 1.13 million viewers, up 9% compared to FOX's four-race season average in '12 (1.04 million) (NBC Sports Group).
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FORMULA E: Formula E Holdings, promoters of the new FIA Formula E Championship, confirmed its '14-15 calendar featuring 10 city-center events spanning four continents. The calendar was submitted to the FIA during its World Motor Sport Council in Paris, France, and will run from September to June '15. Beijing will remain the host venue for the world’s first fully-electric race commencing on Sept. 13, 2014 -- one week earlier than previously planned. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said, "It’s a great feeling to be able to confirm our calendar for the inaugural Formula E season and we’re very thankful to all the cities, and candidate cities, for showing their commitment to sustainable mobility." All Formula E events will feature a free practice session, qualifying session, one-hour race and live music concert taking place in a single day (Saturday) to minimize disruption to the city and its surrounding areas. Precise circuit layouts for each venue will be revealed at a later stage but all will use city-center locations. Tickets for the first rounds will go on sale in '14 (Formula E).
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