Formula 1 commercial rights manager Bernie Ecclestone says the planned Russian Grand Prix at a purpose-built track in Sochi is his top priority for adding to the World Championship calendar in the next few years.
“After Russia I would like to go to South Africa and Mexico,” Ecclestone told Britain's The Independent newspaper. “Both countries are trying to do something."
Ecclestone added that Greece was also looking to get a race of its own, despite the country currently trying to stave off bankruptcy.
"Greece is also trying to do a Formula 1 race – the Germans will lend them some money,” Ecclestone said.
F1 is in the midst of a growth spurt, with India set to host its first race next month and the United States returning to the calendar next year with its brand-new circuit in Austin, Texas. Russia is set to join the schedule in 2014, at a track to be built near its Winter Olympics site.
Ecclestone made no mention of the reported plans in the works for an Iranian GP.