Formula 1’s planned Grand Prix around the streets of New Jersey has been put on ice until the 2014 season.
The event – which was slated to hold its inaugural event on the weekend after the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix in June – has been mired in rumours about its future for some months, and officials have today confirmed that it will be bumped off the upcoming calendar.
It would appear that construction delays and permit issues are the major stumbling blocks, and the announcement has now meant that there is a three-week gap between the Canadian and British Grands Prix, with another three-week break following that before the field heads to Germany.
This is a perfect window in which for F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to slot another Grand Prix in Europe, and most of the paddock gossip suggests that the Turkish Grand Prix will be resurrected as a stand-in event.
Such a scenario would almost certainly need for the British Grand Prix to be bumped back or forward a week to accommodate the logistical issues the teams face in getting to and from the Istanbul circuit and their respective headquarters.