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ABU DHABI Nov 12 Next year's scheduled
U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, is looking doubtful, Formula
One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday.
However, he said the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix,
cancelled for this year due to civil unrest, was solid for 2012.
"Austin? I wouldn't want to put my money down that that will
happen. I hope it will and we are doing our best to make it
happen, but I wouldn't want to say yes," he told Reuters at the
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"For New York (in 2013), no problem at all."
The 81-year-old said the problem with the Austin race came
down to a clash between the parties involved in building the
circuit and promoting the race.
"What's happened is you've got a guy that owns the land and
started building and there's the guy that owns the company and
has got a contract with us. And they forgot to talk to each
other," he said.
"The truth of the matter is maybe the people that have put
the money down are perhaps a bit pissed off that he's getting
some publicity and they are not and are saying 'we've got our
money on the line, you haven't got any money on the line.'
"They are trying to get it together. I've said 'you guys
have got to fall in love. Get married'."
Bahrain is scheduled for April 22 next year but many in
Formula One are doubtful about the likelihood of that happening.
"We believe there's no problem, it's on the calendar and we
are going to be there," said Ecclestone.
(Editing by Mark Meadows; For Reuters sports blog Left Field go