Bernie looking at Big Apple

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he aims to have F1 race in Russia and New York by 2013.

The commercial rights holder said an event in Russia would probably be held by 2012 in either the capital city Moscow or in Sochi, which will play host to the Winter Olympics in 2014.

A race in Manhattan would then follow in 2013, with a decision on the location for the race being made in the coming months. According to Ecclestone, the planned race would ‘see New York in the background’.

F1 has expanded beyond mainland Europe in recent years, with the likes of Bahrain, Singapore and Abu Dhabi now featuring on the calendar and Korea set to join the schedule later this season.

Should races in Russia and New York come good, it would mean some of the current races in Europe losing their place on the calendar – with Ecclestone stating that he would review some of the ‘traditional events’ currently involved in the sport.

“We’re going to lose some races for sure, there are some races we can afford to lose without too much problem,” he said. “I’ve spoken to the countries to see what we can come up with.”

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forget about that overrated s#!t hole they call the big apple and have the race at leguna seca, can you imagine what 20odd F1 cars will look like taking on the legendry corkscrew!! just thinking about it gives me goosebumps!! and if bernie wants to make F1 more exciting, ditch the races that are always a precessional race!!

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NOOOOOO!!!!!

Not another bloody street circut, the existing ones are crap.

Fer Christs sake, when will one of these “track designers” realise that the only overtaking opertunities these days are at the approach to a corner after a straight, and stop titting around building complex cornered tracks that no bugger can overtake on!

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Streetcircuits can be fun, note Singapore and Melbourne! Let it happen, all is better than these dull Tilke tracks!

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NYC in the background. Where is there a large amount of unused land that needs to be turned into something? Do you think they will make a track in Fresh Kills? http://en.wikipedia.org/w iki/Fresh_Kills_Landfill

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I hope Bernie is going to expire before a Grand Prix is taken in another crap city track. Bring back Zeltweg, Imola, the old Hockenheim and Suzuka instead.

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What on Earth has Bernie been smoking, he needs to retire instead of sending us to places like South Korea(WHY?) and keep the good european tracks.

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I would like to see an oval track though, it would have alot of overtaking at least.

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Move the European GP to Brands Hatch, the current one is aweful.

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*sobs*
why can’t Bernie just accept that races in these places may look great and bring in the bucks but not deliever?? aside from Singapore, all the latest tracks like Bahrain, Valencia, Abu Dhabi and probaly Korea as well have all sucked, and sucked hard. Bring back classic tracks in classic venues like Long Beach, Mexico, South Africa and Argentina where people want to actually see a race.

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Mclaren Fan said…
I would like to see an oval track though, it would have alot of overtaking at least.

NURSE, NURSE! QUICK, HE`S OFF HIS MEDICATION AGAIN!!!!

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As far as New York goes, there is watkins glen. That is a classic old track that has held GP races before.

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keep melbourne,silverstone,mon aco,spa,monza,brazil

great race in melbourne

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He relies too much on Tilke’s ‘procession’ tracks. I mean heaven forbid you put a big straight on a track these days it might actually encourage race drivers to drive fast, health and safety boffins won’t like that. Bahrain and Singapore is rubbish though, you might as well set up a chair beside your nearest main road. Put the straights back into Hockenheim and Laguna Seca would be a great circuit for F1 cars so would the Indy 500 oval and of course we could move the Euro GP to the proper ‘green hell’.

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everyone’s forgetting about canada…

that track is legendary.

get rid of all the tilke tracks and put in all the old classics like imola and brands hatch.

keep spa, canada, melbourne, silverstone, brazil, monaco, monza, suzuka and singapore.
also, while i’m on it, would there be any possibility of seeing a race at montegi or at surfer’s paradise?

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The Yanks don’t like to admit that 90% of their Indie Car series is designed and built in the UK because they struggle to go round corners without leaning. So lets rub salt into that engineering wound by sending the best motorsport has to offer and race it around their front door step!!

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There should definitely be a race at Laguna Seca. LMP1 cars race there without any problems and they are bigger than F1 cars.
If not Laguna then how abot Road America or Road Atlanta?

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Get rid of Valencia, Hungary, Bahrain; have the European GP in Hockenheim or maybe Mugello.

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Yeah am in agreement with most of what you are thinking. Ones that need to go no further arguments: Valencia, Bahrain, Hungary.
Brys said…
move the Euro GP to the proper ‘green hell’.
Sorry mate as much as we all want it, it’s never going to happen, they will never modify the full ring to F1 safety standards as the costs would probably Bankrupt Germany and destroy the heritage of the track.

That said not all of the tilke tracks are crap, abu dhabi wasn’t too bad and Sepang can be good. Turkey I think has potential. Am rather skeptical about Korea though, but at least Korea is a car manufacturing country, sort of. A Hyundai F1 Team, god have mercy.

That said Australia hasn’t always been a super exciting race (Back to Adeliade would be better?). Although I run the risk of Ferrari Tifosi lynching me, I am not a fan of Monza. Unless it is wet there’s next to no overtaking and I have dozed off at 2am (aus time) watching it in years gone by. But it is part of the F1 tradition and id vote to keep it. Wish they would refurbish the old banked section and use the full 1930s curcuit.

I’m off to Shanghai this weekend to sit on turn 1 for the race. Wouldn’t go out of my way to attend this one (nodded off during a late night delayed broadcast Chinese GP a few years ago) but i’m working in China so I said why not!

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