Ecclestone: 'No doubt' we will race in New Jersey
4 December 2013 – F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said there is 'no doubt' the Grand Prix of America will take place in 2015, despite yet another postponement.
The event in New Jersey was provisionally slated to take place on June 1 next year, but was left off the schedule announced following a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday.
“There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we'll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015,” Ecclestone confirmed in a statement issued by the organisers.
“New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realising a New York City F1 race.”
GP America executive chairman and promoter Leo Hindery, Jr meanwhile said that he and his team are working on 'restructured financial arrangements' for a race in 2015.
“Our entire management team and our supporters in New Jersey, New York and throughout the F1 community obviously want to see the inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial take place as soon as possible,” he stated. “Bringing a world-class race to the world's largest media market is a huge undertaking that has required balancing construction of our road course, without tapping any public money, with the Sport's own timing demands.
“I want to thank Formula One Management, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Mayors Richard Turner and Felix Roque, Roseland Property Company and the other local property owners involved for their patience while we've worked to get this right so that we can finally go racing in 2015.”
Christopher R. Pook, GP America special assistant to the chairman, added: “This is a very complicated circuit and incredibly important to the overall F1 program in North America. To get it right in New York will greatly increase awareness of F1 and motor racing across the continent.
“I remain very confident about this event.”