Formula One's reigning autocrat, Bernie Ecclestone, told the BBC today that the upcoming New York Grand Prix (set to be held across the Hudson River in New Jersey) may be delayed a year from its planned 2013 date to 2014. It marks the first time the race has been questioned in an official capacity.

But is this nothing more than smoke and mirrors?

Ecclestone stated:

Maybe the New York race will be 2013. It's a when - 2013 or 2014.

With construction underway in New Jersey, the question remains if this is a serious question about the preparation of the racetrack itself, or if this is a question of money and contracts, as it was in the months-long drama of approving the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas for November this year.

(Hat tip to ncasolo!)

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