F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone made a comment that; a grand prix in Las Vegas could be on the calendar as early as 2018 F1 season.
Speaking from the Bahrain GP paddock, F1 chief said he’s in talking about bringing a race to Las Vegas, but he also made it sound like the U.S. Grand Prix at COTA is not going away.
“It is possible that there could be an event there,” Ecclestone told reporters about Vegas.
“That location has a lot to offer. Organizers there have a contract. Vegas would be super.”
Bernie said the timetable on Vegas “would be a couple of years, I suppose.”
He also added that, any proposed new grand prix in the United States would not replace the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.
“We will keep Austin and have another race,” Ecclestone said.
F1 chief said Las Vegas, which hosted F1 races in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in 1981 and ’82, could replace the Italian Grand Prix on the calendar.
“Monza has got a contract for this year so it is going to go ahead. Next year is the question mark,” he told The Daily Mail of London.
“I don’t think we have to have an Italian Grand Prix. Somebody once told me a funny thing that you couldn’t have Formula 1 without a race in France – but we do.
“We have got 21 races now. It could go more, but I don’t think it will. It’s enough. Some of the guys at the teams are shattered.”