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SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

New Jersey included on provisional 2013 calendar

The Grand Prix of America in New Jersey has a June slot on a provisional 2013 F1 calendar circulated to teams at the Singapore GP.

The schedule is due to go before the FIA World Motor Sport Council next week and is broadly similar to 2011 but with New Jersey's race taking a June date previously occupied by Valencia, and back-to-backed with the Canadian GP.

Bernie Ecclestone has previously expressed doubt about the new US street circuit with a Manhattan back drop being ready for 2013, despite those plans being reinforced when Sebastian Vettel visited to drive the planned layout after Montreal back in June.

The second American race thus remains provisional, along with Singapore, which is still negotiating the terms of a contract extension but is expected to go ahead, South Korea and Germany, both of which have financial question marks against them.

The new schedule thus has just seven of the 20 races in Europe, with 16 'back-to-back' events and just four stand-alone races. The five week summer break, post-Hungary, is maintained however.

The full provisional calendar is as follows:

March 17: Australia

March 24: Malaysia

April 14: China

April 21: Bahrain

May 12: Spain

May 26: Monaco

June 09: Canada

June 16: US (Grand Prix of America)

June 30: Britain

July 21: Germany

July 28: Hungary

September 1: Belgium

September 8: Italy

September 22: Singapore

October 06: Japan

October 13: Korea

October 27: India

November 03: Abu Dhabi

November 18: United States (Austin)

November 24: Brazil