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New Jersey Grand Prix off for 2014, says Ecclestone

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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone claims the planned Grand Prix of America in New Jersey has been cancelled again in 2014 after the race had to be delayed from this year.

According to Ecclestone the race is off because the organiser's "haven't got any money."

Speaking to F1 business journalist Christian Sylt: "It's not on the cards for next year.

According to a CNN report, a spokesman for the event contradicted Ecclestone's claims insisting preparations for the race "are on track for 2014."

The spokesman said an official statement would be made when the 2014 calendar is officially published.

However Ecclestone continued to be critical of the organisers comparing their F1 foray to that of Donington Park's attempted return to the sport to host the British Grand Prix four years ago.

He claimed New Jersey "is like Donington all over again", adding that it is "such a muddle and a mess that it is not worth doing".

Ecclestone also admitted his surprise that promoter Leo Hindery Jr., couldn't make the project work.

"The guy is a multi-billionaire and is well-known in New York," Ecclestone told Sylt.

Should the New Jersey race be called off for a second straight year it would take the planned schedule down to the 19 races, one below the limit imposed by Ecclestone, with Austria and Russia joining, India being dropped and New Jersey postponed.

Meanwhile the future of the Japanese Grand Prix has been secured after the announcement of a new four year deal with Suzuka which will see the race stay on the calendar until 2018.

"We actually expected no other outcome from the negotiations," Japanese race promoter Masaro Unno told the correspondent Agnes Carlier in Belgium.

"Nevertheless, it is always a beautiful sight to really see Bernie's signature on the paper," he added.

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