Bernie Ecclestone is prepared to axe some of Formula One’s traditional European venues in favour of races in New York and Moscow.
Ecclestone aims to have an annual race on the streets of Manhattan from 2013; three locations have already been identified to stage the race. Ecclestone told Bloomberg that a race in Russia would enter the calendar a year earlier in 2012.
Moscow is currently tipped to stage the Russian grand prix, although Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, is also being considered.
In order to accommodate these races, Ecclestone will take races away from some European venues, such as Spain, without “too much problem”.
“We’re going to lose some races for sure, there are some races we can afford to lose without too much problem,” Ecclestone said. “I’ve spoken to the countries to see what we can come up with.”
Spain currently holds two grand prix: the Spanish grand prix at Barcelona and the European grand prix in Valencia. One of these venues is almost certain to make way for one of the new races.