Ecclestone slams New Jersey organisers
6 January 2014 – F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at the organisers of the Grand Prix of America and has said he would welcome it if someone else took over the promotion of the New Jersey event.
“What is amazing with New Jersey is that the people signed a contract,” Ecclestone told Autoweek recently. “You have got to assume they knew what they had signed. They should have never made the commitment. We could sue them. They are in breach.”
The race in New Jersey was included on the provisional F1 schedule for 2013 and 2014. However, both times it was dropped due to logistical and financial issues.
“We gave them money and I have never seen anything from them. I've kept it going [though] because somebody might come up and there has been two or three people who are interested and are looking into it. If anyone comes in today, they can have it,” Ecclestone continued.
“All it needs is somebody serious to come up and say we will get behind this and make it happen. I have given [GP America executive chairman and promoter, Leo] Hindery [Jr.] too much leeway.
“[But] I wanted to believe that he would do it.”
Ecclestone’s comments are in stark contrast to what he said at the start of December, when he noted he had ‘no doubt’ the event would take place in 2015.
The promoters of the event insisted then that they were working on 'restructured financial arrangements' for a race in roughly twelve months time.