Port Imperial, across the water from Manhattan

Port Imperial, across the water from Manhattan, photo by Walter Burns

Last week we reported that rumours had begun swirling about delays to the 2013 Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone has nbow made clear statements that the 2013 Grand Prix of America is in doubt as contracts are now overdue.

 

As we mentioned last week Bernie has long been keen to see a race in or around New York city and the Port Imperial race on the New Jersey shore would have the Manhatten skyline as a background. Teams too want the race to go ahead and it seems that it probably the 2013 race that is in doubt therefore and that Bernie will be patient enough to wait for contracts to go through to see the inaugural race take place in 2014 instead.

 

It seems that funding the race is the problem and the details of funding have not been made public, apart from the fact that no taxpayer’s money will go into staging the race.

 

Bernie Ecclestone has told reporters:

“I don’t know if it is going to happen. I hope everything will be OK. They are sorting things out internally with some of their funds. If they are ready for 2013 we will have them.” , he certainly should know how the race is being funded though and it seems he has faith at least that funding will be sorted and the race isn’t at risk from a lack of money as some have suggested.

 

The organisers of the Grand Prix of america have remained tighlipped throughout but following Mr Ecclestone’s comments a spokesperson gave these comments:

“we don’t comment on our contractual relationship with Formula 1 or its details. We are on track for a June 2013 race, with all course engineering and construction progressing precisely on schedule, a strong management team in place, and strong ongoing support from New Jersey, New York City and the local communities involved. We are very confident that the 2013 F1 Grand Prix of America will be a great event.”