“The Guardian twisted my words,” said Ecclestone, who admitted however that a few European races are looking at deal terminations in the years to come.
“I am sure that in the years to come, we will lose a few races in Europe. It is almost certain. Which ones? I have no idea. But from our side, we want to keep Spa. There are long discussions about the grand prix there, but if it does go, it will be because of the government, not me,” he added, hinting that he wants more government support from the Belgian authorities in the near future.
In recent days, there have been rumors about the potential axing of 3 races from the current F1 schedule: Silverstone, Spa and Istanbul. While we doubt Ecclestone is really considering getting rid of the British track in the near future, Spa and Istanbul remain in the rumor mill, especially since both races have registered increased money losses in the last few years.
Instead, Ecclestone plans to bring two important nations on the F1 map, namely the US and Russia. The series' boss has already inked deals with both tracks – Austin, Texas and Sochi, in Russia – with the first scheduled to make its debut in F1 in 2012, while the latter expected to come two years later.