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Ecclestone casts doubt on New Jersey race

May 11, 2013, 7:52 AM EDT

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Bernie Ecclstone has cast doubt on the proposed grand prix in New Jersey next season, saying that he is unsure whether or not it will go ahead.

In an interview with British F1 broadcasters, the BBC, Ecclestone was certain that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will go ahead, but he could not give the same answer when it came to New Jersey.

“I’m not sure, I have no idea about that,” Ecclestone said.

He did however reveal that a decision would be made in the coming few months.

When asked about a time scale for a final decision over the race, Ecclestone said “another couple of months.”

Pundit Eddie Jordan reinforced Ecclestone’s words: “New Jersey, you can forget it for the moment.”

This will undoubtedly come as a blow to many American Formula One fans who were hoping to secure a second race for 2014, following the returning United States Grand Prix last season at the Circuit of the Americas. Although Ecclestone has not made a final decision over the race, it seems that he is more focused on securing Russia’s place on the calendar next season, instead of a second race in the USA.

  1. wallio - May 11, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Jersey’s spending all their money on Sandy cleanup right now (as they should) so they don’t have the dough to build the track sections or pit road. And really America cannot support 2 GPs right now. Give Austin 4 or 5 more years, then we’ll talk.

  2. drylake - May 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Add Zak Brown turning down INDYCAR CEO, and you see the writing on the wall for F1 to take over Long Beach. Zak will be right in the middle of that.

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