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Formula 1: FIA announces 2014 F1 calendar; dates, Austrian, Russian GP changes

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The FIA announced the confirmed 2014 Formula One calendar on Wednesday, December 4, according to Formula 1. The 22 contests listed on the provisional calendar dropped to 19. While the possibility of three new races did not happen, date shifts and the addition of the Austrian and Russian Grands Prix do make up some notable differences in the calendar from 2013.

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The 2014 calendar will still open with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne near St. Patrick's Day; however, Abu Dhabi moves behind Brazil to host the last Grand Prix of the season.

American fans can still look forward to watching the Grand Prix of Monaco before the Indianapolis 500 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25. Their own F1 race, however, the United States Grand Prix, has moved up from mid-November to Halloween weekend, now taking place on Sunday, November 2.

Race additions do not include a possible second U.S. race, the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial in New Jersey. They also do not include a Mexican Grand Prix or a Korean Grand Prix. All three were listed on the provisional calendar. Organizers stated they are still hopeful that the planned street race running against the backdrop of the New York City skyline will happen in 2015.

Rebooted races for 2014, however, according to Formula 1, do include the return, after about a decade, of the Austrian Grand Prix on June 22 and the return, if it can be called that after about a century, of the Russian Grand Prix, taking place on October 12. Interestingly for sports fans who enjoy some of the world's traditional national rivalries, the Russian GP in Sochi takes place three weeks prior to the next race, the United States Grand Prix in Texas.

According to the BBC, Bahrain will join Singapore as a night race on the Formula 1 calendar, choosing to go under the lights to celebrate its 10th anniversary with F1. Abu Dhabi remains the only "twilight" race, starting in daylight and racing into the night.

Below is the confirmed Formula One 2014 calendar, according to F1:

2014 Formula One Schedule

March 14-16: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

March 28-30: Malaysian Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur

April 4-6: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir

April 18-20: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai

May 9-11: Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya

May 22-25: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

June 6-8: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

June 20-22: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg

July 4-6: British Grand Prix, Silverstone

July 18-20: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim

July 25-27: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest

August 22-24: Belgium Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps

September 5-7: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

September 19-21: Singaporean Grand Prix, Singapore

October 3-5: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

October 10-12: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi

October 31-November 2: United States Grand Prix, Austin

November 7-9: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo

November 21-23: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

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Besides the shifts and new additions to the calendar, the 2014 season will bring other changes to Formula One, not least of which is the shift in formula from a V8 engine to a smaller-displacement V6 turbo-charged engine that some say is a response to the desire by sponsors to make the sport more eco-friendly.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a new book about racers and racing. See her blog at Motor Sport Muse.

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