Bernie Ecclestone plans for 20 Grands Prix in 2014 but now the first Formula One race is Russia is tentative as well as the USA venue in New Jersey.
Jul.31 (GMM) Once feared it could swell to an unprecedented 22 Grands Prix, the size of next year's Formula One calendar now appears unclear.
New Jersey is officially set to host its first race next year, but Niki Lauda thinks Bernie Ecclestone has already written off his dream of a race amid the Manhattan skyline.
India has also fallen by the wayside for 2014, and reports indicate Korea could go too, as Austria and Russia prepare to come in.
Actually, there have long been questions about the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, taking place on a circuit comprising the same infrastructure for Sochi's Winter Olympics next year.
The official application to host next year's race must be lodged with the FIA by the corresponding motor racing federation -- in this case the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF).
But the conflict with the Russian race organiser Omega means the RAF is refusing to lodge the application to the FIA, despite a July 31 deadline.
A spokeswoman for the FIA would not comment specifically on the reported Russian problem, telling Ria Novosti news agency: "The calendar is approved at the end of September."
There are no such problems in Hungary, whose contract to host an annual race at the Hungaroring has been extended through 2021.