It’s now New Jersey’s time to get the famous Bernie Ecclestone slap about paying their sanctioning fees on time and public statements about their alleged late-payment status and even doubts on whether the grand prix will happen.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was quoted by ESPN as saying:

“I don’t know if it is going to happen,” Ecclestone told ESPN.

“I hope everything will be okay. They are sorting things out internally with some of their funds. If they are ready for 2013 we will have them.”

Ecclestone’s continued:  “We are waiting for different parts of the contract to be agreed.”

That’s Mr. E’s way of putting pressure on event organizers to pay the sanctioning fees for a race. Sky Sports carried the story and quoted a spokesman for the New Jersey Grand Pix organizers as saying:

“We don’t comment on our contractual relationship with Formula 1 or its details,” the spokesman said.

“We are on track for a June 2013 race, with all course engineering and construction progressing precisely on schedule, a strong management team in place, and strong ongoing support from New Jersey, New York City and the local communities involved.

“We are very confident the 2013 F1 Grand Prix of America will be a great event.”

There you have it, the old public humiliation trick to get people to pay. The good thing is that the New Jersey organizers are not alone. Austin faced the same public commentary about the doubts Ecclestone had for the grand prix and Silverstone faced it almost yearly with harsh words and criticism of the circuit. Just part of F1’s diplomacy tactics and negotiating skills.

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ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

Nobody who works in or around NYC will take any crap, even from Mr. E.

SJ Skid
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SJ Skid

OK, so apologies if I’ve missed this little detail: Is the plan for there to be a United States Grand Prix (in Austin) and a Grand Prix of America (in NJ)? Isn’t that stupid, even by F1 standards? (I’m thinking in terms of marketing, media coverage, fan understanding, etc.)

Rapierman
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Not as long as there is enough time between the races. If Jersey happens in late-spring/early-summer, then there’s plenty of time to transition over to Austin, and the two won’t end up interfering with each other.

SJ Skid
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SJ Skid

Well, you’ll have to color me skeptical here. It feels like having a fall World Series and then a Series of the World in spring. I’m not confident that with all the hurdles F1 has here in the U.S. that this is the way to go.

I guess they don’t like the idea of a GP of NJ? But New York City GP would have worked?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Oh, sure, that’s happened before: MLB World Series (a misnomer, all things considered) in the fall as opposed to the Wold Baseball Classic that’s held every four years (designed to replace the version that the Olympic Committee decided to eliminate) in the spring.

Fast Freddy
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Fast Freddy

Just last week I read again that Austin may not happen. Guess we won’t know until the they drop the flag.

TheFourthTurn
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TheFourthTurn

I think the plan may be to trade off every other year. It may be the only way for some of these cities to afford the Formula 1 fees. I hope they can pull it off, if should be easier logistically than Austin.

Speedbump Joey
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Speedbump Joey

The Austin track is set up for years to come in terms of funding, or so we have been told. But how is this track easier logistically that Austin as you say?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Made some inquiries about that months ago. COTA says that both races will be run when New Jersey starts up. I’m going to chalk it up as Bernie being Bernie (i.e., being an old loud-mouthed idiot) and feel confident enough that both races will happen.

positiveCamper
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positiveCamper

Bernie is forever spouting manipulative drivel. Live with it.

F1derbar
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F1derbar

seriously, he’s getting really predictable

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

+1

Jack Flash (Aust)
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Jack Flash (Aust)

It’s about this time of life, where men of Bernie’s octogenarian age shouldn’t be allowed to manage the TV remote at home — let alone autonomously steer an International Motorsport Empire.

PS: Channelling Grace’s ageist rage is liberating…… JF ;-)