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 |  Jun 24 2012, 12:01 PM

Recently, Sebastian Vettel put the new Grand Prix of America course to the test and came away unimpressed, saying that not much progress had been made on the track.

It appears that Bernie Ecclestone agreed, saying that the 2013 New Jersey Grand Prix is highly unlikely to happen unless a lot of work and improvement is made to the course. But as of right now, when asked if the race would happen next year, he replied with a firm, “No. Definitely, no.”

New Jersey locked down a 10-year deal to host the grand prix starting next year and has since been working on building the circuit. Ecclestone didn’t dismiss the idea entirely however, stating that he’ll have to take another look at where the course is at. He did say that if it is completed however, Formula One would love to have it on the calendar.

“The circuit is not anywhere near close to being ready, but as I said it would be great,” he said. “I think you can do a lot in one year. It was exactly one year since I last went to New York. They are building the Freedom Tower in Manhattan, and it’s nearly done,” Vettel recently said after driving the course as it stands today.

[Source: Autosport]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dom-Miliano/100000233001650 Dom Miliano

    I was at the Weehawken, NJ press conference and your statement that Vettel was unimpressed is inaccurate. He spoke favorably about the circuit and even likened the course to Spa. Twice in the press conference he said it was quick and would take big “B@!!$” to drive it. 

    I think Bernie is stirring the pot as he always does to keep the players on their toes (part of his charm).  The people in charge of the race are the best in the business – I think they will get the job done and we will have a GP of America in 2013…  

  • http://www.windowtinting-orangecounty.com/ Abby Sands

    He did say that if it is completed however, Formula One would love to have it on the calendar.

  • Piwhitmn

    Since I was young I have imagined driving a F1 car up river road on a street circuit a la Monte Carlo.  I would volunteer in an instant to make it happen hear, but I drove the proposed circuit last night and to the casual but optimistic observer, it doesn’t appear that any work has actually begun.  Where will we put the casino?