F1 » Lauda casts fresh doubt on New Jersey race

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has suggested that the New Jersey Grand Prix will not happen in 2014, especially in light of the announcement that F1 will return to Austria next year.

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July 24, 2013 9:16 PM

This does not hurt my feelings one bit. I was doing cartwheels at the announcement of the USGP in Austin. I would love to see a second GP here but hey... I'm selfish like that. There are so many wonderful tracks here that could easily be brought to F1 standards if they aren't already. But another street circuit? In Jersey? Nah... I'm good. Then again I could certainly think of a few in the current roster that we could live without as well. Ahem... Bahrain!


July 25, 2013 7:25 AM

My feelings on the tracks and locations aside, I'm getting a little sick of Niki Lauda shooting it mouth off at every available opportunity. I mean, what does he have to do with the organisers of the New Jersey GP? Of course he's going to be gushing about the opportunity for F1 to return to his home country. I'm with Marksman - there are other tracks that should, and probably would, be scrapped ahead of New Jersey.

Before I get flamed, I recognise that Lauda is a legend of the sport. His feats as a driver are amongst the best in racing history. However, in the last few years he just... wont... shut... up... He seems to have to comment about everything and those comments are often outlandish.


July 25, 2013 3:06 PM

I agree with Marksman. I do not wish to see anymore temporary street circuits of any kind. I refuse to watch Indy when they race on street circuits, and I am sure F1 would be just as boring. Monaco would be boring if it wasn't Monaco. I wish a developer and promoter would pun some money into Laguna Seca, Road America, or mid-Ohio to bring them up to FIA spec. These would be outstanding venues for F1 and a big shot in the arm for the minor series that would access the track during the months between races.


July 25, 2013 10:23 PM


The tracks you mention are some of the worst places for an F1 race.

Now if you were ask me, Sonoma is a much better facility seeing how its already has FIA certification.

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