Ecclestone ‘struggling a little bit’ with Las Vegas F1 deal

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone says that he is “struggling a little bit” to agree a deal to hold a grand prix on the iconic Strip in Las Vegas.

Ecclestone has been pushing to get a second grand prix in the United States for some time, having previously agreed on an F1 race in New Jersey before the project ran out of steam.

Ecclestone confirmed at the beginning of April that he was in talks with promoters over a race in Las Vegas, suggesting that it could join the F1 calendar in the next couple of years.

However, speaking to reporters in Russia last weekend, Ecclestone confirmed that he was struggling for progress with the deal, but hinted that there were more options for a second race in the USA.

“We are struggling a little bit, yeah,” Ecclestone said of the Vegas deal.

“I want to make sure we are on The Strip, so when people turn their television on, they immediately know it is Vegas.

“We missed out a little bit on New York, but lots of places are talking about it.”

Should a new American venue be found for F1, it would join as an additional race to the existing United States GP at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.