Ecclestone: Formula One won't be big in the States

Bernie Ecclestone does not expect F1 to take off in the United States, despite the fact that two races will take place in the country from 2013.

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FORMULA ONE SUPREMO Bernie Ecclestone admits that the sport is not likely to be big in America, despite the fact that a race is planned to take place in Texas next year.

A second race is also planned in New Jersey in 2013.

“The US has been slow to get F1 because they want to see a profit before they start,” Ecclestone told David Frost on Al Jazeera English.

The veteran businessman also revealed that he expects next year’s Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead, despite the ongoing civil unrest that caused last year’s race to be cancelled.

He also announced details of races in Russia and South Africa, where there has not been a Grand Prix since 1993.

“Formula 1 will not be big in America. But Formula 1 will be in Russia for 2014, and in South Africa by 2013 even.”

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