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Ecclestone: F1 could struggle in USA

Bernie Ecclestone questions how the USA will embrace F1 when the sport returns

Bernie Ecclestone has expressed doubts about how successful F1 will be in the United States, despite the fact that the country is set to have two races on the calendar in the next two years.

Despite question marks about whether it would take place, the race in Austin is due to be held for the first time next season before a race in New Jersey is also added to the schedule the following year.

Next season's race at the Circuit of the Americas will be the first F1 race on US soil since the final race at Indianapolis back in 2007 but despite the fact two races are now planned, Ecclestone said he wasn't sure how quickly the country would embrace the sport.

"We've got a maximum of two races in America and when you consider the country is as big as Europe and we've got several races in Europe, it's difficult," he told Al Jazeera. "If we had a lot more races there and a lot more television it would be okay.

"It's a bit like the rest of America in that they want to see a profit before they start something and it's not easy to do that."



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DontTalkShite2

December 19, 2011 1:54 PM

The obvious question is then, Bernie, why did you go there? The obvious answer is MONEY! Now you distance yourself from any failure of the event whilst you pocket your millions. As always, a greedy little troll with no real interest in the sport, this move has surely proved it if that is your thinking. Money first, sport second.

Caroline - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 2:55 PM

@DontTalkShite2 Australia is important to FOWC, not to FOTA. The US race has a $8 million lower sanctioning fee than most Asian/Mid East races, Mr.E doesn't get any of the sanctioning fee, if you look at company returns he earned 15 million last year, the sanctioning fees are split between the Teams and CVC 50/50, well the teams share out 48% after Ferrari have taken their 2% skim off the top. Whitmarsh (chairman of FOTA) has been quoted numerous times saying a US race is important, Bernie would prefer a race in South Africa, Mexico or Argentina.



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