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Ecclestone hints at South African GP, might force NJ and Russia delayUPDATE (GMM) Organizers of next year's inaugural New Jersey street race have once again dismissed claims the event is in doubt.
Bernie Ecclestone said last month that the American grand prix could be pushed back to 2014.
And the F1 chief executive repeated his doubts this week, revealing the organizers are having trouble with "funds" and had therefore missed deadlines in the contract.
But when asked about Ecclestone's latest comments, a spokesman for the race, which would be played out amid the famous Manhattan skyline, insisted preparations are "precisely on schedule".
According to njbiz.com, he added that organizers are "still on track for a June 2013 race".
The spokesman added: "We don't comment on our contractual relationship with formula one or its details."
The land that will be used for the race is co-owned by Roseland Property Co., whose boss Carl Goldberg said he had "heard nothing to suggest that there's going to be a delay from any of the American promoters".
He added there is "a significant amount of time and money being invested, all pointed to a first race in 2013."
Goldberg said Ecclestone's comments are "disconcerting" in light of the money, time and manpower invested so far.
04/17/12 Bernie Ecclestone talks to BBC Sport's Jake Humphrey about upcoming changes to the calendar, nodding in agreement when asked if a new Grand Prix in South Africa could be on the cards.
The Formula 1 boss confirms that the Belgian race at Spa-Francorchamps will "probably" alternate each year with a new French Grand Prix to be held at a redeveloped Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet.
Ecclestone also implies that the addition of the New Jersey and Russian races to the calendar in 2013 and 2014 will likely mean two European races are removed from the schedule, but expresses some doubt about whether the American track will be ready in time.
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