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GP Week : Issue 172
EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls firstname.lastname@example.org ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott email@example.com RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org STAFF WRITER: Adam Leveridge PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK F1 >>> NEWS It was rumoured for weeks, and now it’s official – the maiden New Jersey Grand Prix has been delayed by a year, and will now take place in the summer of 2014. Bernie Ecclestone prompted widespread concern about the race’s future last month, when he revealed that the contract between FOM and the New Jersey race organisers had been torn up as the result of unpaid bills. But as recently as two weeks ago, race promoter Leo Hindery was confident there would be no problems with the 2013 grand prix. “We will be racing,” Hindery told Bloomberg in an interview earlier this month. “We don’t have existing, fixed facilities that can be inspected today, so when he says we’re subject to review, we’ll be subject to review until the race date just because of the nature of a street course racing for the first time.” Ending weeks of speculation, but before any announcement was issued by Hindery’s office, Ecclestone Friday confirmed that New Jersey was off the calendar. “It is not going to happen next year,” the F1 supremo told Eurosport. “If they came up with the contract with us and we were satisfied the question is, could they carry out the work in six months? Winter in New York is not good. “They’ve run out of time,” Ecclestone said. “There’s all sorts of things, and they didn’t quite think it all through. They've had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late. They couldn’t get everything ready in time. That’s the bottom line. ... There’s not a lot going on with New Jersey. They are still running around trying to get their finances sorted out. I think if suddenly they found the investors they would be okay. They are looking for investors.” Late on Friday, the New Jersey race organisers issued their own statement confirming the delay. “We are going to be racing at Port Imperial, unfortunately just not as soon as we hoped and expected,” Hindery was quoted as saying. “We promised Governor Christie, the Towns, the sport and its international fans the best possible experience, and unfortunately we need additional time to ensure that happens. We remain 100% committed to the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial and the race could have no better partner and friend than the CEO of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone. We benefit greatly from his experience and counsel and from his support.” While the F1 boss blames missed deadlines and a lack of funding for the race’s postponement, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken, New Jersey – one of two towns sharing hosting duties for the proposed grand prix – told the Jersey Journal that the problem stemmed from delayed repairs to local roads and the organisers’ failure to apply for the necessary permits in a timely fashion. With New Jersey now off the calendar it will be interesting to see if another circuit is chosen to replace it. Istanbul Park is known to be on permanent stand-by, but France and Mexico are also both keen to get back on the F1 calendar. NEW JERSEY RACE DELAYED TILL AT LEAST 2014 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: