For months there have been rumblings that the 2013 Grand Prix of America
, set to run on June 16 in Weehawken, NJ, would be postponed until 2014
. While a specific reason wasn’t cited, F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone repeatedly referred to “contractual issues” for the delay.
Now it looks like it’s official: as the Washington Post
reports, Formula One will not be coming to New Jersey
until 2014. In a statement released Friday, Ecclestone said, “The event is not going to happen. Everything is set up, but now it’s too late to finish on time.”
Providing a bit more cryptic detail, Ecclestone continued, “The reason is because they didn’t quite know what they were doing. They got all the permission together... but then they missed the boat a little on some financing that was coming in.”
That sounds to us like the race failed to meet payment deadlines established by Ecclestone, although another comment from Bernie seems to indicate that weather-related construction delays are to blame.
“Everything is set up, “ Ecclestone said, “but now its too late to finish on time.” Given the predictions for a particularly harsh winter in the Northeast, his assumption could be accurate.
For now, anyway, that drops the 2013 F1 schedule from a planned 20 races to 19, giving teams a three-week break between races in Canada and Britain.