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Ecclestone extends Austin deadline

Bernie Ecclestone: The deadline hasn't been met, so we are still trying to make it happen. They would like the race to take place and I'd rather see the race happen than not.

Bernie Ecclestone has given the organisers of the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas more time to try and save the race.

Ecclestone had wanted a contract signed yesterday [Wednesday], but he has now given the organisers an extra week. He has warned though, that if things are not sorted by the time the World Motor Sport Council meets on December 7 to ratify the calendar for F1 2012 then it won't happen.

“The deadline hasn't been met, so we are still trying to make it happen,” Ecclestone told The Associated Press. “They need to get some money and a pen as soon as possible.

“They know full well. Deadlines are terrible things because people always go to the end of the deadline.

“But if it isn't all signed before the World Motor Sport Council meeting, it can't happen.”

Concerns about the event intensified last month, when Ecclestone said in Abu Dhabi that he wouldn't put money on it happening.

“They are struggling to get the financial side sorted out - that's the problem,” Ecclestone explained to The Associated Press. "They are trying to do it. It would be a loss to everyone [if it didn't happen].

“They would like the race to take place and I'd rather see the race happen than not.”

The event at the Circuit of the Americas is currently scheduled to take place from November 16-18 2012.



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Caroline - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 3:12 PM

@richard Because I'm talking about the race picks, and specifically how they were picked, with a 20 race season, the pick ratio was 50/50, BBC first 3, Sky next 3, then 1 race alternately. But the ratio will reduce to 47.3% for the BBC if Austin is dropped.

Caroline - Unregistered

December 01, 2011 11:40 AM

@DJ The races are still spilt 50/50, unless there's an uneven number of races, and then Sky get the extra race. Unless of course this happens during the season, then it's as before. So if Bahrain and/or Austin were on the calendar and TV schedules drawn up, then if a race is cancelled there will be no renegotiation of the race split deal. Back to Austin, how many deadlines is this now? It makes the Korean GP deadline shifting that took place look totally reasonable now.



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