F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed one of the sport’s worst-kept secrets: the planned Grand Prix of America on the streets of New Jersey has been canned for the second year running.
The event has been beset by financial and planning difficulties since the concept was launched in October 2011, and it was dumped on the eve of the 2013 season with plans to have everything ready in time for the 2014 season.
The event made an appearance on a provisional 22-race version of the 2014 Formula 1 calendar – in the middle of a logistically impossible triple-header with the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix.
But that was just a ruse to ensure that Formula One Management would get adequate compensation from the event’s organisers when they confirmed, as everyone expected, that there was no way the Grand Prix could go ahead.
The latest cancellation was “for lots and lots and lots of reasons”, according to Ecclestone, who broke the news to the Wall Street Journal.
“We are not satisfied it’s going to happen in time,” he added. “What we’re aiming for is 2015.”
The news comes ahead of today’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris, where next year’s calendar will be finalised.
In addition to the second race in the United States, the Mexican and Korean Grands Prix are also expected to get the chop from the 2014 schedule.
Organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix won’t be able to get the funding and construction work completed in time to get the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit up to scratch, while Korean officials have been actively seeking an early release from their multi-year deal, with the Yeongyam event continuing to suffer from massive losses and appalling attendance figures.
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