F1 2013

No New Jersey for 2014; Suzuka signs until 2018

Plans for a second race in the United States next season have been dropped, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

The race, originally pencilled for a 2013 debut, was intended to take place on a new street circuit in New Jersey, just outside New York. However, the revised 2014 debut date has now also been abandoned after claims by Ecclestone that the new management team overseeing the preparations had failed to raise the necessary funding.

2015 has been cited as another target year to get the race off the drawing board, but the addition of the Austrian Grand Prix to the calendar earlier in the summer for 2014 has further limited the number of available slots for new races.

To add to the woes of New Jersey, that F1 stalwart and fan-favourite Suzuka has secured a 6-year future on the calendar after signing a deal that sees the race remain at the Japanese circuit through until 2018.

Over the last few months Ecclestone has fuelled rumours that the Mexican Grand Prix, last held in 1992, could also make a return in addition to the race due to be held in Sochi, Russia, next season – further reducing chances for new venues to join the calendar.


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