Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that Las Vegas has a contract to host a Grand Prix and has revealed that the event could go ahead next season in place of the Italian Grand Prix.
Monza has a contract in place for the 2016 season however it has been reported recently that the Italian Grand Prix could lose its place on the Formula One calendar due to funding issues despite the fact that the local Italian government has passed legislation to protect the race.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the Italian Grand Prix, Mr Ecclestone commented by saying:
Monza has got a contract for this year so it is going to go ahead. Next year is the question mark. 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.
Formula One currently has two Grand Prix in North America with a race in Montreal, Canada and a race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
There had been plans to bring the sport to New Jersey however the circuit was shelved and now that there is an American team on the grid with Gene Haas’ Haas F1 Team having begun their journey is Formula One with a points finish in Australia where Romain Grosjean finished the race in sixth place, it would appear to be the perfect time for the sport to expand more in the US.
Ecclestone revealed that the calendar that currently stands at a record 21 races could be extended to accommodate both Italy and a race in Las Vegas but he said that this is unlikely to happen due to the fact that the travel is taking its toll on the teams.