Formula One Looking at North American Comeback
After the series departed the U.S. in 2007 and left Canada last year, Formula One may make a North American comeback.
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly under intense pressure to restore the series in what is arguably the world’s most important market. If Formula One is to come back to North America, two races would likely be held. The Montreal Grand Prix could be reinstated, and a new U.S. Grand Prix could be added to the schedule.
Ecclestone said that he has not forgotten about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, but said rumors that it could be reinstated to replace the struggling new Abu Dhabi circuit were untrue. “We are trying to get that back on again,” Ecclestone told Motor Sport magazine. “The government is interested.”
The revived U.S. Grand Prix wouldn’t return to the Indianapolis Speedway, following Ecclestone’s falling out with both the track and its owner, Tony George. Ecclestone has indicated he’s interested in a possible location in New York, commenting: “It is the one place where someone could make a business out of it.”
While options for reinstating both the Canadian Grand Prix and U.S. Grand Prix are being considered, Ecclestone warned that reinstating the races would require the teams agreeing to more than 17 races per season.
Source: F1 Live