Bernie Ecclestone will not add a 20th grand prix to the 2013 F1 schedule

F1 boss says it is now too late to organise a race

Last Updated: 12/02/13 5:34pm

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Bernie Ecclestone: No 20th race this year

Bernie Ecclestone: No 20th race this year

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F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has ruled out adding a 20th race to the 2013 grand prix calendar.

He says it would have been impossible 'so late in the day' to find a replacement for the Grand Prix of America, following speculation that another European race would be inserted into the schedule.

Ecclestone said: "Disappointed it didn't happen before but you can't suddenly slot it in."

A US race was provisionally booked for June before being left off the final list of races although Ecclestone is supremely confident a 20th grand prix will be held next season.

Istanbul - which was dropped from the F1 schedule in 2012 - had been mooted along with Portugal as being a possible late addition.

Meanwhile Russia will make its debut in 2014 and Ecclestone, who recently visited Sochi, added: "He (President Vladimir Putin) seems delighted with the Olympics and Formula One.

"It was good. I was very impressed with what they have done."

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