F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone plans grand prix in Las Vegas by 2018

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes a grand prix in Las Vegas could be on the calendar as early as 2018

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone plans grand prix in Las Vegas by 2018

Ecclestone has confirmed he is in talks with potential promoters for a street race in the American gambling city.

The event would serve as a second race in the United States now organisers of the grand prix at Austin appear to have resolved their financial difficulties.

"I hope it does come off, and it's something we're working on," Ecclestone told Autosport.

"If it does happen, then I would think we are two years away from having a race there. Let's hope we do it."

Las Vegas previously hosted two grands prix, with the races in 1981 and '82 (pictured) taking place in the parking lot of the Caesar's Palace casino.

Ecclestone has long looked to have two events in America, with prior plans for an event in New Jersey failing to come to fruition, while a return to Long Beach has also been mentioned, but with nothing substantial materialising.

With 21 races the calendar is currently pushing the limits of all involved in F1, so the prospect of stretching to 22 in 2018 should Las Vegas come on board is unlikely to be welcome.

However, a number of current events are in jeopardy, with Italy chief among those as Ecclestone has yet to agree a new deal with the organisers for beyond the present contract that expires after this year's race.

Autosport understands Formula E chiefs have also been in discussions over a possible Las Vegas race. The electric series is also chasing a New York event.

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