The FIA World Council will not meet for another three weeks but much work is going on to prepare the dossiers that will be reviewed by the Council members.

One of the items that is traditionally part of the June meeting is next year’s Formula 1 World Championship calendar, so it is no surprise that each year at this time there is some chatter about the dates for the following season.

We expect that there will be 20 races in 2014, with New Jersey and Russia being included in the calendar and Korea dropping out. There is some discussion going on over the question of testing, particularly as next year’s engines will be new. The word is that after last winter’s poor weather in Europe, some of the teams want to book a test in the Middle East in order to make sure they get hot-weather running before the start of the season.