Report: Ecclestone still open to grand prix in New Jersey

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Bernie Ecclestone has not yet given up hope of holding a Formula 1 grand prix in New Jersey, according to a recent report from motorsport.com.

The proposed Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, NJ, has been a recurring saga in Formula 1 over the past five years, having originally been planned for 2013 on a ten-year deal.

After being postponed for 2013 and 2014, the race did not even appear on the provisional 2015 calendar and was thought to no longer be in the running to join F1 in years to come.

However, according to veteran F1 journalist Adam Cooper, fresh talks were held between event promoter Leo Hindery Jr and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

“He’d like to see that race happen,” Ecclestone told Cooper, talking about Hindery. “We’ll have a look and see what we can do for him.”

New Jersey’s F1 love affair has been mainly cold for the past two years, with little in the way of positive news coming out about the race.

Ecclestone said back in 2014 that he felt the race was still viable, only for it not to appear on any of the draft 2015 calendars that even made room for the Korean Grand Prix at one point.

The race also did not feature on the leaked 2016 calendar, which emerged at the end of April. MotorSportsTalk did contact GP America for comment at the time, but received no response.

Ecclestone is known to be keen on a second race in the United States, and the prospect of a race with the New York skyline as a backdrop has appealed to him for some time. Quite whether New Jersey will be able to deliver on that remains to be seen, though.