Six months ago, we were going to have two Formula One grands prix in America in 2013 – the Austin round at the Circuit of the Americas track and the Grand Prix of America on the streets of New Jersey. Then, three months ago, F1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone told BBC Sport that the event could be pushed back to 2014, without elaborating as to why. This week, Bernie's told BBC Sport again that "No. Definitely no," the NJ race wouldn't go down in 2013, this time clarifying that it's because he doesn't expect the track to be ready.

He then backtracked by by saying it's still possible if the track is ready, and that "If they can get it completed and confirm to us it will be done, for sure, they'll be on the calendar." The event organizers say they're ahead of schedule, but Ecclestone said he's not as confident as they are. This month Sebastian Vettel drove the course and declared it "nowhere near ready," but that's to be expected since the race is a year away.

The Grand Prix of America has as much time as time to get a street circuit prepared as Austin did to get a dedicated track done, and so far, the GPoA hasn't suffered any of the funding and construction snafus that plagued Austin. We don't know what Ecclestone knows, but he doubted Austin's prospects as well and here they are, so we'll keep the faith in New Jersey.


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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      New Jersey street course Gran Prix...might as well drive on Mars, the roads are more well maintained.
        evilzibob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        You do know they're repaving the roads for the track, right?
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @evilzibob
          Yeah, than after one winter's worth of frost heaves...ITS GONE.
          evilzibob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @evilzibob
          I don't know what kind of a town you live in, but the pavement out here lasts for more than one season of weather.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Bernie, it always comes down to the money. I'm sure the track will be ready, if the cash is in place.
      pwr2lbs
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bernie will be in jail by then anyway! LOL
      Junkyard Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate New Jersey, that place sucks.
      barkeep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of course Ecclestone would say that. It's "motivation" for the organizers to get their stuff together. I mean, it worked for Korea, and it's definitely working in Austin.
      MiralDesai
      • 2 Years Ago
      All his ploy to get them to work faster. At first he started with a definite no then when pushed he said we will have to see and see how things go. It'll happen if the work is completed. Which of course it will be judging by the rate they are showing it.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ah, the joys of conflicting media... I just read on Speed that this race is definitely happening next year. I will stick with Speed Network right now--I am hopeful!
      None of your busines
      • 2 Years Ago
      F1 at Laguna Seca is such a better idea. I'd drive out to see that. New Jersey? Really? Who wants to go there. Also, why build a new track in Texas when a perfectly good one is already built in Monterey? Duh...
        Shane Gardner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @None of your busines
        Are you kidding me? Laguna would be terrible. Laguna is a great bike track. But a horrible track for anything else.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      New Jersey towns do NOT have the budget to throw money into such an event so expect no Gvt or municipal funding. I suspect that Bernie's peope are pushing for a complete billiard smooth resurfacing of the roads whereas the towns just want to make repairs and race "as is". A fall back for the City would be that Bernie plays hard ball and the promoters offer the track time to Indycar...they just ask $30million less than F1 for a franchise fee per race.
        Bryan South
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        Yeah I don't think the people organizing this thing know the standards that f1 really has. They probably have never seen an F1 race, but they probably watched the IndyCar Detroit GP and thought "well were better than that!" I see no way this race is going to occur without repaving. The little clip during the F1 build up on Sky the guy said they were ahead of schedule and then pointed toward the pit building that is being built and it seemed like that's all they thought they had to do.
      tghosh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chris Christie issing looking to be on the Romney ticket as VP. he doesnt give a **** about Formula1 in NJ
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tghosh
        I agree he is likely itching for the ticket. And I agree that he doesn't give a **** about F1, but I don't think the two are related. No worries. He will still be governor next year so he will have more time to spend on it. Watch what happens in the comments next!
      Shane Gardner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait....this is a street course, shouldn't it not be ready on that principle alone?
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      CC is no dummy...I hope he gets insurance and bonds for the $$$ F1 is supposed to bring to NJ. Baltimore got the short end of the stick with the last Indy? race there....and the promotor had the gall to want to double down for another year! The moral of the story is that the city/taxpayers shouldn't take the risk. Yeah yeah, I agree they shouldn't take the risks for the Ravens and Orioles as well.
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