Having previously admitted to Chris Sylt that he is seeking a 20 race calendar in 2011 and beyond, Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he still hopes to see the sport return to the United States.
Asked whether America still features in his future plans for the sport, especially when it seems focussed only on all points East, Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain: "We can have a look... twenty-one races, no problem."
Asked if this might involve Indianapolis, a track which never really caught F1 fans' imagination, he added: "It's only the fact that it's all the wrong crowd and the wrong people, nothing worked there really. We'd have to have a big change round, but we'd like to get back there."
With India scheduled to host its first Grand Prix next year, the calendar will feature twenty events for the first time in its sixty year history.
"It's a round number and easy to remember," said Ecclestone, "I get muddled up now with 19 or 17."