Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the New Jersey F1 race could still have a future, despite the event appearing to be dead in the water.
Billed as the Grand Prix of America, the street race at Port Imperial appeared on the provisional calendar in both 2013 and 2014, only to be dropped on both occasions.
The main problem was that promoter Leo Hindery could not find the outside investment he had been seeking, and indeed at one stage Ecclestone organised a loan that provided some funding to get the project moving – a clear indication of just how keen he was to make the race happen.
However, that still wasn’t enough to save the event, and given its absence from the 2015 schedule it’s been widely assume that the plans had been abandoned.
However cable TV mogul Hindery met with Ecclestone on Friday morning in Montreal to discuss a possible way forward, and despite the already cramped calendar Bernie has indicated that the event could still have a future.
Ecclestone told this writer: “He’d like to see that race happen. We’ll have a look and see what we can do for him.”
Asked about the past financial arrangements with Hindery Bernie added: “He doesn’t owe us anything.”