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New Jersey Formula One Race Postponed to 2014, Ecclestone Says

New Jersey Formula One Race Postponed to 2014, Ecclestone Says
A Team Red Bull F1 car, with New York City in the background, prior to a press conference with Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel after he took a preview lap around the Grand Prix of America Port Imperial track in Weehawken, New Jersey. Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- A Formula One race in New Jersey was postponed a year until 2014 after organizers “misjudged” the commercial and logistic requirements for hosting the event, series chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said.

“They didn’t really realize how difficult it is to arrange these things, commercially and with everything else,” Ecclestone said by telephone today.

The race was to be run along the waterfront in Weehawken and West New York, across the Hudson River from New York City. It was placed on the 2013 Formula One calendar last month with an asterisk alongside showing it wasn’t confirmed.

Citing Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken, New Jersey, the Jersey Journal reported yesterday that the race was canceled because road repairs and permits for the 3.2-mile (5-kilometer) course are behind schedule.

Event promoter Leo Hindery, managing partner at InterMedia Partners LP, said as recently on Oct. 5 the race would go ahead as planned on June 16, 2013.

Formula One, the most-watched auto racing series, is scheduled to return to the U.S. for the first time since 2007 on Nov. 18 at a new $300 million track in Austin, Texas.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net

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