F1 »

Ecclestone: US GP disappearance the fault of F1 teams

The absence of the US Grand Prix from the Formula 1 calendar is the fault of the sport's teams for demanding too much money to race there – that is the assertion of commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone.

The event was held at Indianapolis from 2000 to 2007, but fell out of favour after Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George and Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) company could not come to a financial agreement to extend the contract.

That prompted outrage from F1 team bosses, with many of the manufacturers seeing America as a key selling market for their cars and the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) understood to be pushing hard for a return to the continent. With the Canadian Grand Prix similarly having dropped off the schedule in 2009, this year marks the first in more than half a century that there will be no North American race on the calendar.

Despite the teams' desire to see the grand prix re-instated, however, Ecclestone has pinned the blame for its loss entirely at their door.

“The teams wanted too much money to race there,” the 78-year-old told German news agency SID. “That was the problem. We are talking, but for the moment the teams do not want any more than 17 races.”

Ecclestone added that whilst discussions regarding a return are ongoing, Indianapolis would not be welcoming the top flight again anytime soon, insisting: “We would go elsewhere.”

The US Grand Prix has previously been held at Phoenix, Watkins Glen, Long Beach and Las Vegas amongst other venues.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
F1 Glamour, Indianapolis F1, USA, 2007
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Alan D - Unregistered

March 25, 2009 12:32 PM

Its never Bernie's fault is it? Its always someone else who is too greedy and trying to get their hands on a fraction on the money he bleeds out of the sport every year. Please FOTA, form a breakaway series, and then maybe the tracks will get the money they deserve for hosting events and the teams will get the money they deserve, and some of the F1 heartland with great racing tracks might get to keep some of their races.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.