F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone has today confirmed that next years inaugural Grand Prix of America in New Jersey has been dropped from the 2013 Calender – but it will feature on the 2014 calender.
The 81-year-old said today that the organisers needed more time before the Grand Prix .
“They’ve run out of time,” he 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.”
The race which would have taken place on the streets of New Jersey was scheduled to join the F1 calendar in 2013, Just 7 months after the Circuit Of The America’s in Texas holds its first Grand Prix. The construction of a huge pit and paddock complex has already begun on the banks of the famous Hudson River.
Back in September, I reported that the Grand Prix was in doubt with Ecclestone telling the Guardian that the organisers “have not complied with the terms and conditions of the contract which is now gone anyway. They don’t have a contract.”
The Grand Prix was due to be in mid-June 2013 and would replace the European Grand Prix at Valencia, a track that has never been hugely popular with fans which was finally taken off the calender because of money problems.