In talks with Bernie Ecclestone
The Russian city of St Petersburg has laid out its plans to stage a Grand Prix to F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, Russian Sports Minister Viatcheslav Fetissov said on Wednesday.
"We have made a proposition to Bernie Ecclestone," Fetissov told
AFP. "We have good contacts with him."
Ecclestone, who manages the rights to the sport through the Formula One Management group, has backed a number of new venues for world championship races in recent years with Bahrain, China and Turkey all added the calendar. Abu Dhabi will stage a round in 2009.
"It won't take forever (to organise) because I won't be around for ever," he said at the time, "and I want to see it!"
76-year-old Ecclestone is also quoted by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo this week as saying that his sport has entered a 'new era'.
"We need places like China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi," he insisted, "which have something to offer. At places like Imola or Magny Cours, we don't know what we can offer our guests."
Source AFP / GMM