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Bernie set to axe USGP from 2012 schedule

MOTOR SPORT: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said the United States Grand Prix is on the brink of being axed from next year’s calendar.

In a twist to the ongoing story, it was believed Tavo Hellmund’s Full Throttle Productions owned the rights to host the race, scheduled for November 18 in Austin, Texas, next year. However, Ecclestone has revealed that the contract with Hellmund was recently cancelled. This has left Ecclestone negotiating with track developers, Circuit of The Americas (COTA), who on Tuesday halted work on construction. Asked if the USGP was in danger of being dropped ahead of the final World Motor Sport Council meeting on December 7 when the 2012 calendar is ratified, Ecclestone said: “Yes, it will be, for sure, 100 per cent.”