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GP Week : Issue 140
F1 NEWS >> ACCoRDING to Formula one supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the future of the Korean Grand Prix is in doubt. Korean race organisers have been trying to renegotiate the cost of their F1 contract, but Ecclestone has been inflexible in discussions, telling reporters in the Indian paddock: “ There are lots of things you can’t afford; you don’t have to have it.” While Ecclestone didn’t attend the Korean Grand Prix this year, he was critical of the circuit and facilities, which appeared to have been untouched since the end of the 2010 race. There were rumours of teams finding last year’s food in the hospitality suite fridges, and the podium was still littered with champagne corks. “It is a disappointment, it really is,” he said. “ They didn’t get behind it. It was a big enough effort to get it on in the first place.” One of the biggest problems facing the Korean Grand Prix is its location, far from any major population centres. There were grand plans to build a city around the circuit, but a change in government has seen the idea fall by the wayside. This week also saw talk emerge of a new F1-spec track being built near Seoul, a much more sensible location for the Korean Grand Prix. Korean GP future in doubt RACES in North America are like buses. You wait ages for one to come along, and then two arrive at once. This week saw confirmation that a New Jersey Grand Prix will join the Formula One calendar from 2013, twinned with the Montreal race in June. The race will be held on the banks of the Hudson River, with the majestic Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. On Tuesday, New Jersey state governor Chris Christie took to the proposed site to confirm rumours that had been brewing for months. “It is great to be able to say that in June, 2013, Formula One will be here, for three days, for a 3.2 mile road race, right here at Port Imperial, “ Christie said. “You can expect upwards of a 100,000 people to attend each race over the three days. People from all over the world will be coming to New Jersey to see this race on this unique and exciting course. “I can assure Formula One that this is one of the wisest decisions you have ever made, to come and hold this event in New Jersey.” Having a race near Manhattan has long been a goal of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who told Bloomberg.com: “I’ve been wanting to do this for years. You’ll be able to see the Manhattan skyline on TV.” GPWEEK editor Adam Hay-Nicholls was at the New Jersey official announcement and speaks to promoter Leo Hindery in today’s 5 Minutes feature. new Jersey race is on Hamilton splits with Pussycat doll 13