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Ecclestone keen to clear way for new races

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Bernie Ecclestone wants to get rid of some races to make way for new ones © Sutton Images

F1 will shed some of its current races to make room for grands prix in New York and Russia, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

The sport's chief executive is pushing for a street race in New Jersey in 2012 and recently revealed he is keen to see one in Russia too. Ecclestone said there are three potential sites for the race outside Manhattan, while Moscow or the resort city Sochi are the possible venues for Russia.

"We'll make a decision in the next couple of months," he said referring to the exact locations.

Ecclestone has often talked about expanding the calendar from its current 19 events to 20 or more, but he now says F1 will review its "traditional" European hosts, such as the two races in Spain.

"We're going to lose some races for sure, there are some races we can afford to lose without too much problem," he said. "I've spoken to the countries to see what we can come up with."

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