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Hugh Hefner of F1 says…Only two new races next year May 14, 2007

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Whilst everyone is wondering if Lewis Hamilton can make his first win at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2007, spare a thought for 2008’s calendar.

Valencia and Singapore will apparently be the only new races for the 2008 season, Formula One’s own Hugh Hefner, Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday. And Imola is unlikely to make a comeback

This year has 17 races, with 18 in 2006 and an unprecedented 19 in 2005.

Asked by reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix how many races there might be in 2008, Ecclestone said he did not know yet although 20 was likely to be the maximum in the long-term.

“We’ll have to see how it all pans out, see how many races we really can sustain where everybody’s happy and then take a look from there,” he added.

Asked whether Imola might make a return, Ecclestone shook his head: “I don’t think so,” he said. Imola, the nearest circuit to Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters, wants to come back and the fact that Spain has been granted two races appeared to give the Italians hope of a reprieve.

Germany and Italy have both dropped one of their two races this season, with the Nuerburgring and Hockenheim now alternating as hosts of the German GP.

However, the French Grand Prix could be absent next year, while Abu Dhabi is due to make its Formula One debut in 2009, with South Korea pencilled in for 2010 and India also under consideration. – Reuters

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