Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he’s hopeful there will be a grand prix in New York from 2012.

In Thursday’s Gazzetta dello Sport, Ecclestone says, “I am trying for 2012. (It would be) in front of Manhattan in New Jersey, with the skyscrapers in the background.”

There hasn’t been a grand prix in the United States since 2007, when Lewis Hamilton won in Indianapolis to signal the end to eight years at the circuit.

Before that, Phoenix hosted three grand prix from 1989 to 1991, while Watkins Glen in upstate New York hosted the F1 from 1961 to 1980.

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