Failure of Bernie Ecclestone and Tony George to find some common ground lead to US GP elimination from the F1 calendar. We had no US GP this year, there is no US GP featuring on 2009 provisional race calendar. It looks like last weekend in Belgium some first steps were taken to bring the US GP back, perhaps as early as in 2010. Bernie Ecclestone held talks with team principals and the topic was the return of F1 race to United States. There is hardly any team principal happy with the current sitaution and it looks like the F1 team bosses made this clear (yet again) to Bernie. I am not sure if the current economic climate has anything to with it, but this time Bernie seems to be listening.
“Bernie is very good at understanding the market and what the manufacturers want. He does realise the importance of this and we know he is doing his best to fix the problem, and we will give him all the support we can. We are all aligned on the importance of America.” – Nick Fry
According to Autosport the return of US GP in 2010 seems likely, however it may not be to Indianapolis. From commercial and marketing reasons it looks like the teams would prefer a location on either Pacific of Atlantic cost, with Las Vegas also a posibility.
Well while I am not sure I would want to see F1 back in Las Vegas I do hope some deal will be done and Formula 1 racing can return to the United States. What I wonder again is, what race will have to make a way. The vacancy created by missing UP GP has been more than filled up with already with Valencia, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Now it gets even more crowded since British, Australian and Hungarian GPs have recently got their new contracts. We have 18 races this year, 19 next year (addition of Abu Dhabi), India and South Korea coming and US GP hopefuly returning in 2010. That makes it already 22 candidates for 20 slots.
Who is there to make way ? Is there actually any race on current calendar without a contract for 2010 (except French GP perhaps) ?