America not likely to welcome Formula One says Bernie Ecclestone
It appears that certain sports are not for every country in the world, and head of Formula One Bernie Ecclestone seems acutely aware of this fact...
Ecclestone has recently told sporting press that he does not believe that Formula One will be fully embraced within the United States, saying that he thinks his beloved sport “will not be big in America”.
Formula One will be heading over the Atlantic ocean during 2012, where an inaugural race will be staged in Texas; despite the apparent scepticism of Ecclestone, there is already a second race planned to take place in New Jersey during 2013.
Ecclestone believes that he knows the reason for Formula One being 'slow out of the blocks' within the United States, as he said: "The US has been slow to get F1 because they want to see a profit before they start."
The Formula One boss recently participated in an interview with broadcaster Sir David Frost, during which he informed Frost of his concerns of the sport's future in countries that seem less than willing to embrace it.
"Formula 1 will not be big in America. But Formula 1 will be in Russia for 2014, and in South Africa by 2013 even." commented the 81-year-old racing boss.
He also commented on the cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix, saying: "We're happy to go there if we are invited, we'll be delighted."
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that South Africa could be the newest nation to stage a Grand Prix, with plans apparently already in the pipeline for a first race to take place during 2013.
Coral, 888sport and Stan James currently offer 13/2 odds that Jenson Button will go on to win the 2012 F1 drivers' championship.