Ecclestone responds to NASCAR criticism
26 February 2014 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at the Chief Executive of the Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage, following complaints about the timing of this year's United States Grand Prix.
The Formula 1 event, which is scheduled to take place at the Circuit of The Americas on the weekend of November 1-2, clashes with NASCAR's Texas 500 Sprint Cup, where all three national series will be in action.
Gossage described Ecclestone's decision as "foolish" and said it was a "shot fired by Formula 1 at NASCAR", but the latter says the extensive travel involved in Formula 1 makes it difficult to accommodate all categories.
"We've a small problem they [NASCAR] don't have," Ecclestone told the Press Association. "We have six jumbo jets to move around all our equipment and we have to find the most sensible way to use them to do that.
"We have to be efficient, and bear in mind we may also encounter problems at an airport. There are issues that can occur, but he [Gossage] and other people do not realise these things.
"The race prior to the one in the US is in Russia, in Sochi. We've never been before, and we have to get out of there and into Austin. That is probably a lot easier than trying to get into Brazil, and then we have to get out of there [São Paulo] to go to Abu Dhabi. So he is extremely lucky he doesn't have to do what we have to do."