Ecclestone confirms talks over Las Vegas F1 race

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he is in talks with promoters over a possible grand prix in Las Vegas in the near future.

F1 previously raced in Las Vegas in 1981 and 1982, with a track being made in the parking lot of the famous Caesars Palace casino.

Speculation about a race in Las Vegas flared up towards the end of 2014 when Ecclestone said he wanted a race that incorporated the iconic Strip.

Speaking to reporters in Bahrain this weekend, Ecclestone confirmed that he was negotiating taking a race to Las Vegas in the near future.

“It is possible that there could be an event there. They are going to have Formula E anyway,” Ecclestone said, before adding that “it would be a couple of years I suppose” before a Vegas raced joined the calendar.

Ecclestone went on to confirm that the race would act as a second round in the United States, leaving the existing event in Austin, Texas intact.

“We will keep Austin and have another race,” Ecclestone said.

Ecclestone is known to be chasing multiple races in the United States, with an event on the west coast at a brand new venue being rumored towards the end of 2015.

However, with more and more races pushing to join the already-packed 21-race calendar, Vegas will face fierce competition if it is to host an F1 race again.