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Long Beach rules out F1 race until 2019

Formula 1 will not return to Long Beach in the short-term after the city council chose to extend IndyCar's exclusive deal for three years until 2018. F1's Bernie Ecclestone had written to the council to show an interest in taking over the event from F1's American rival. The events founder, Chris Pook, was put in charge of evaluating the possibility of a return and estimated it would cost £6 million ($10m) to bring the street circuit up to modern F1 standards. Whilst IndyCar will remain until at least 2018, the council voted to but the event out to bid once the extension had expired, which is potentially good news for F1. "The fact that it is going to bid is the important thing,...
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