Mexico and New Jersey races unlikely: Ecclestone

Sun Nov 3, 2013 7:01am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Formula One races in Mexico and New Jersey are unlikely to happen next year, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters on Sunday.

Both events were on a 22-race calendar published in September but the 83-year-old, speaking at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, doubted they would stay on a final version due to be approved by the governing body next month.

"I would doubt whether it's going to happen," the British billionaire said when asked about New Jersey whose debut has already been postponed once.

That June 1 race is listed as part of a 'triple header' on successive weekends in between Monaco and Canada.

"It's not definite that it will or won't (go ahead) but I doubt that it does," said Ecclestone.

Mexico, whose race is scheduled for November 16 as the penultimate round of the season at Mexico City's Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, also has an asterisk against it on the provisional calendar.

"Definitely not," said Ecclestone before correcting himself: "Probably not".

Formula One has never had more than 20 races in a season, with this year's calendar running to 19 rounds.   Continued...

Bernie Ecclestone arrives at the world premiere of Rush at a cinema in Leicester Square, central London, September 2, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville