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Ecclestone: 2013 Formula 1 calendar will remain 19 races



Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed a 20th grand prix will not be added to the Formula One calendar this year, but said he is certain the schedule will return to its full capacity in 2014 after being left “very impressed” by progress in Sochi ahead of next year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Following last year’s announcement that the Grand Prix of America would be not be taking place as planned in 2013, rumors had mounted a European city would join the calendar to fill the vacant weekend. Ecclestone, the commercial rights owner of F1, however said it was now impossible to implement such an addition “at this late stage”.

“The calendar has been formed already, it’s too late,” he told The National in Dubai, where he was announcing a US$180m (Dh660.6m) five-year global sponsorship deal with Emirates Airline. The 82 year old added he was “disappointed that it didn’t happen before; we can’t suddenly slot it in”… Read Full
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