Ecclestone Confirms 20 Races for 2011, Working on 25

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed that the 2011 season of the series will have 20 races, as initially projected prior to the start of this season. Amid rumors that China and Turkey might be dropped from the F1 calendar from 2011 onwards due to poor audience within the local fans, the 79-year old Brit told Autosport that, with the addition of India next year, F1 will have 20 races.

Not only Ecclestone is certain of ensuring 20 races for the 2011 season, but the Brit seems committed to work on a 25-race calendar for the series as soon as possible.

We are not dropping anything. (It's) 20 races - getting ready for 25. We're happy with everything. No dramas... the contract is ongoing here and it will go on. It is a rolling contract,” said Ecclestone, according to Autosport.

Earlier this week, Ecclestone also dismissed rumors that South Korea might miss out on their Grand Prix date in 2010 due to lateness in circuit construction, revealing that everything goes according to plan in the Yeongam complex. Additionally, he also told the media that Russia is in contention for an F1 event in the near future, with the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, as the most likely location.

Going back to the discussion about China, Ecclestone insisted that he is enthused with the conditions he encounters in Shanghai year after year, but what never seizes to amaze him is the poor marketing campaign held by the Chinese organizers in order to promote the F1 race.

They are not promoting it properly; it is as simple as that. The people that run the place ought to do a bit more. If you were in Shanghai you wouldn't even know there is a race here,” added the FOM executive.

Rome, New York's Manhattan area and a new French Grand Prix are on schedule for future races in F1.
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