Ecclestone casts doubt on New Jersey race

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Bernie Ecclstone has cast doubt on the proposed grand prix in New Jersey next season, saying that he is unsure whether or not it will go ahead.

In an interview with British F1 broadcasters, the BBC, Ecclestone was certain that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will go ahead, but he could not give the same answer when it came to New Jersey.

“I’m not sure, I have no idea about that,” Ecclestone said.

He did however reveal that a decision would be made in the coming few months.

When asked about a time scale for a final decision over the race, Ecclestone said “another couple of months.”

Pundit Eddie Jordan reinforced Ecclestone’s words: “New Jersey, you can forget it for the moment.”

This will undoubtedly come as a blow to many American Formula One fans who were hoping to secure a second race for 2014, following the returning United States Grand Prix last season at the Circuit of the Americas. Although Ecclestone has not made a final decision over the race, it seems that he is more focused on securing Russia’s place on the calendar next season, instead of a second race in the USA.

Ferrari signs Callum Ilott to young driver academy

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Ferrari has confirmed the signing of rising British racer Callum Ilott to its prestigious driver academy ahead of the 2018 season.

Ilott, 18, is a former member of Red Bull’s junior program, and has spent the last three years racing in the FIA European Formula 3 series, taking eight race wins.

After finishing the 2017 season fourth in the championship with Prema Powerteam, Ilott has now linked up with the Ferrari Driver Academy in the next step of his racing career, becoming its first British member.

“Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that British driver Callum Ilott is the latest promising young driver to be selected for its development program,” an announcement from Ferrari reads.

“18 years old, Ilott joins the FDA in his third season in car racing, having just finished the FIA F3 European Championship. He comes with a strong pedigree in international Formula 3 racing, having made the jump directly from karting as reigning European Champion.

“Ilott joins Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi in the programme, which supports talented young drivers on their career path in motorsport.”

Besides its existing roster, the Ferrari Driver Academy also played a part in the careers of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and the late Jules Bianchi.