Ecclestone Eyes Russian Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes Russia can finally achieve its dream of hosting a Grand Prix, even though recent attempts at an event in the country have all fallen through.

Ecclestone Eyes Russian Grand Prix

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes Russia can finally achieve its dream of hosting a Grand Prix, even though recent attempts at an event in the country have all fallen through.

Ecclestone is understood to have held talks with officials in Moscow last week, on the same day that the Midland Jordan team officially launched their campaign in Red Square, and afterwards claimed that he was encouraged at what he had seen.

He toured possible venues for the event and met with Moscow's mayor, the sports minister and the minister for tourism. Speaking about the possibility of an event in Russia, Ecclestone said: "It will certainly happen. We would like it to be in Moscow, or if not here then in St. Petersburg.

"I'm thrilled at the reception I have been given and what I have seen. There are hurdles to overcome but there is a will to get things done. The response to the launch in Red Square shows what can be achieved."

The most recent attempt at a Russian Grand Prix was for a race to be held on Nagatino Island, but those plans collapsed in 2003 following a dispute between the Moscow Mayor and Ecclestone and then the decision by the government to sell the land for hotel development.

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