August, 28th, 2013 (GMM).- Amid Bernie Ecclestone's claims the race will not take place next year, work on the street circuit in New Jersey is still taking place.
"As far as we are concerned, the race is still on," West New York mayor Felix Roque is quoted by nj.com.
He said construction crews are "working diligently on Boulevard East, getting curbs and sidewalks done ... they are out there today".
Earlier, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said the 2014 race is no longer "on the cards" due to organisers' financial problems.
But a race spokesman hit back by insisting preparations are on track, and Ecclestone later answered "no, no" when asked if he had ruled out adding New Jersey to next year's calendar.
An unnamed team boss told Speed Week Ecclestone, 82, might simply be up to his old games, insisting "it's not the first time we've heard words like these".
"I would not write off the race in New Jersey," he added.
Another local mayor, Weehawken's Richard Turner, said he also doubted the reports that say the race is definitely off.
"No one from F1 down to (promoter) Mr (Leo) Hindery has said the race was off," said Turner.
"The way they negotiate details seems to be in the public."
Turner said he was waiting for September 24, when the first 2014 calendar will be officially published by the FIA.
"We'll see then if we are on the schedule," he added.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced a smaller than usual loss - $50 million - for this year's Australian grand prix.
But neither side of politics - the government or the opposition - is promising to renew Melbourne's race contract beyond 2015.
"Generally the driver of all government activity on this will be we will only sign a new contract if it represents good value for money," minister Louise Asher told reporters on Wednesday.
Coming from the area, it seems very very hard this will ever take place. As Formula 1 fans we would love to see this happening and seeing the F1 cars going through the New York City street for a demonstration/parade type of event.
The track it self does not look bad, but it is not Monaco, so let's stop making that comparison.
Problem is the countless of parties and permits that would be needed to make this happen. This is a very residential area with lot elders and families with little kids that leave the big city for a little bit of peace and quiet.
So no matter what organizers are saying, it is improbable that we will have a Grand Prix of the Americas, It's not even a matter of money, but then, they will need a lot of them to have this prepared for this type of racing.
We just saw footage of the area and there would be so much to do, from removing the traffic lights, to the curbs, barriers (come of them are of concrete), but again, the permits are the scary ones.
In the US, everything is about who is reliable and even then it has to be guarantees before anything, especially as big as did. Residents are first. When Monaco was made a F1 track it was pushed by a few and it was simpler to agree on things since not many parties were involved, we wonder what would’ve happen if they try to that today.
Another thing is also Mr. Ecclestone making comments ahead of time, it could be part of the strategy to put some pressure on organizers, but still, not cool.