Ecclestone mulling F1 return to Indy

Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:57am GMT

By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - Indianapolis is still a logical venue for a U.S. Formula One Grand Prix and an eventual return is on the cards, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said.

"It is. It's only the fact that it's all the wrong crowd and the wrong people ... nothing worked there really, we'd have to have a big change round," the Briton told Reuters at Sunday's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. "But we'd like to get back there."

Asked whether the United States could be back on the calendar as early as next year, the 79-year-old replied: "We can have a look. Twenty one races, no problem."

The calendar currently stands at an unprecedented 19 races, after a previous 17, with Ecclestone committed to India hosting a grand prix for the first time next year. That makes 20 races a possibility.

"It's a round number and easy to remember, I get muddled up now with 19 or 17," he said.

American great Mario Andretti, the 1978 world champion, told reporters at Sakhir, where he is attending a reunion of champions for the 60th anniversary of the sport, that Formula One needed to be in the United States.

"I can't write the cheque, all I can do is support it in every possible way that makes sense because I believe in it so much," Andretti said of a U.S. Grand Prix.

"I was just talking to Bernie and he is well aware of that need. He is pretty switched on, he's just got to figure out a way," added the 70-year-old.   Continued...

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