Organisers of the Grand Prix of America have confirmed that the event has been postponed until 2014.
A race at Port Imperial was set to replace the European Grand Prix in 2013, but “ongoing construction issues” at the circuit means the race will now not take place until 2014.
Race promoter Leo Hindery confirmed that the delay was due to “the additional time needed for the development of complex Hudson River front facilities and for finishing the second pits and paddock garage on the site”.
But Hindery stressed that F1 cars will be racing around the streets of New Jersey in 2014.
“We are going to be racing at Port Imperial, unfortunately just not as soon as we hoped and expected. We promised Governor Christie, the towns, the sport and its international fans the best possible experience, and unfortunately we need additional time to ensure that happens”.
“We remain 100% committed to the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial and the race could have no better partner and friend than the CEO of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone. We benefit greatly from his experience and counsel and from his support.”
Ecclestone added that he wants to see the race take place.
“I remain totally committed to the Port Imperial race and its unique location and attributes, and we will continue to work closely together to realize our dream in 2014. As Leo says, we are still going to be racing at Port Imperial, now however in 2014″.
F1 will return to the USA next month at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The demise of the 2013 American Grand Prix means that there will be nineteen races in 2013, one less than this season.