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GP Week : Issue 188
contract Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> nEWs cOnFuSIOn PERSISTS OvER nEW jERSEY Fresh doubts have emerged over the New Jersey Grand Prix, but Bernie ecclestone has denied writing off the race. “T hey have a contract,” Ecclestone told Reuters at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix af ter a CNN report quoted the 82-year- old as saying the race would not go ahead because organizers had failed to raise the required amount of money. “So if they comply with the contract the race will take place. We would be ver y, ver y happy if it does.” The New Jersey race, set to be run on a 3.2 mile circuit with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop, has run into trouble before. Originally scheduled for a 2013 debut the race ran into difficulties when Ecclestone binned the original hosting contract as organizers had failed to comply with the terms. The race was then pushed back to 2014 as organizers were unable to get infrastructure ready in time for the original date. And while the project gained momentum in recent months with key people like Chris Pook – the man behind the hugely popular Long Beach race – joining the promoters’ team, doubts over whether the race would go ahead have continued to linger. “[It] is like Donington all over again,” CNN quoted Ecclestone as saying. “It is such a muddle and a mess that it is not worth doing.” Formula One made a hugely popular return to the United States last year, with a dedicated facility in Austin, Texas playing host to the race. The New Jersey Grand Prix was scheduled to be the second event in the country and Ecclestone is eager for it to go ahead as he wants the sport to take root in America. The F1 boss went so far as to plough some of his own money into the race and has been quoted as saying that he would be willing to buy out the race promoter if that is what it took to push-start the stalled project. But with 21 races jostling for space on nex t year’s calendar – with the arrival of Russia and the return of Austria – and teams not keen on more than 20 grands prix, some chopping and changing will most likely be done. Pit buildings are taking shape in New Jersey 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: