Uncertainty over New Jersey GP grows

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Fresh doubt has been cast on the proposed Grand Prix of America after Bernie Ecclestone stated last night that the race may not go ahead next season due to financial problems.

The grand prix is planned to take place in New Jersey, becoming the second American race on the calendar after the United States Grand Prix returned at the newly-built Circuit of the Americas last season. However, Ecclestone doubts that the event will go ahead.

“It’s not on the cards for next year,” Ecclestone is quoted as stating by CNN. “They haven’t got any money.”

Speculation about the race has been rife for the past few months. New Jersey was initially set to join the calendar in 2013, but it was postponed to give the promoters sufficient time to prepare. However, without sufficient funding, it is likely that the event would be postponed once again until 2015. The congested calendar for next season has not aided matters as Austria returns for the first time since 2003 and Russia prepares for its inaugural grand prix.

Taking Formula One to the New York/New Jersey area has been a long-standing desire for Bernie Ecclestone, suggesting that even if the race does not go ahead as planned in 2014, efforts will still be made in the future to hold a second race in the U.S.

Race promoter Leo Hindery Jr has been adamant that the race will go ahead, stating earlier this year that he had a fifteen-year deal signed with the sport. However, without sufficient backing, races are always at risk of falling off the calendar.

Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi spoke exclusively to MotorSportsTalk last month about the prospect of a second home race, expressing his excitement over the race and calling the proposed circuit “Monza on the city streets.” However, it appears that the drivers will have to wait a bit longer to tackle the Port Imperial circuit.

F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.