Bernie Ecclestone agrees a deal to stage a race in Austin, Texas from 2012
26 May 2010

Formula One will return to the US from 2012 after Bernie Ecclestone agreed a deal to stage a race in Austin, Texas.

A new purpose-built facility will be built and host the race until 2021. Lewis Hamilton won the last race to be held at the US in Indianapolis in 2007, ending an eight-year stay at the famous speedway.

"For the first time in the history of Formula 1 in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event,” said Ecclestone.

"It was 30 years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success.

"Since then, F1 has been hosted by Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix all on temporary street circuits. Indianapolis joined the ranks of host cities in 2000 when they added a road course inside the famed oval.

"Lewis Hamilton won the last F1 United States Grand Prix in 2007, signalling the end to eight years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This however, will be the first time a facility is constructed from the ground up specifically for F1 in the US.”

Manufacturers have long pushed for a race in the US to increase their global exposure. Ecclestone’s contract is with Full Throttle Productions, although there are no details on the track’s layout or location.

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26 May 2010

[quote Autocar]Formula One will return to the US from 2012 after Bernie Ecclestone agreed a deal to stage a race in Austin, Texas.[/quote]

Austin is a beautiful place, truely is. Famous for it's live music and bats!

Hope they able to do something that all the other new tracks have failed to do - make exciting races.

26 May 2010

To give it the best possible chance of success, they must not let Tilke design the track. Happy for him to work on the grandstands, just not the track.

26 May 2010

Shame they couldn't manage to do a deal for Monticello. That's a beautiful venue that echoes its picturesque 'neighbour' Watkins Glen and was not too far from Manhattan.

Unusual choice of Texas, I look forward to seeing what they can do there. Hopefully not another total Tilke clone. Lets have some undulation & trees.


26 May 2010

F1 needs a Gp in the US more than the US needs F1. With less sponsors and cash around F1 needs to spread its wings as Asia and the middle east are pretty well covered now (even if viewership nos and teams are Euro dominated). Ford/GM/Chrysler need to be attracted. Fiat might want Chrysler to boost its PR profile using Ferrari expertise to boost its abysmal image. Indianapolis might have had the heritage but the track was the best advert not to view the race.Texas has the cash, the brashness to want to best and it wants to attract more outside tourism where it mostly avoids the south-bar Florida. Texas also has some excellent engineering/technical colleges. Will US punters be interested in big-budget factory teams when most US motorsport is still seen fondly as back garage and best appreciated when the underdog wins. Love to see Tesla compete somehow and GM has been missing from F1. California would be another good site

26 May 2010

i have an idea for track design, the tarmac should be of 2 grades of coarseness for grip. the driving line should have the less grippy surface and all the other tarmac should be of the high grip type. This will compensate for the less rubbered in and dusty non racing lines, allowing for no disadvantage when trying for overtakes and attacking racing. With that done it doesnt matter what the layout of the track is, there will be good racing.

26 May 2010

As long as it's not a flat featureless industrial looking track and more character, then good, lets see it.

Peter Cavellini.

26 May 2010

[quote beachland2]

i have an idea for track design, the tarmac should be of 2 grades of coarseness for grip. the driving line should have the less grippy surface and all the other tarmac should be of the high grip type. This will compensate for the less rubbered in and dusty non racing lines, allowing for no disadvantage when trying for overtakes and attacking racing. With that done it doesnt matter what the layout of the track is, there will be good racing.

[/quote]

Quite like that. F1 would be more interesting with extra obstacles, perhaps a few water cannon, width restrictions or even shortcuts. Then again perhaps I have spent too long playing computer games.

26 May 2010

Seems like a complete waste of money to me. How do they make this work financially running one F1 race a year?

Austin is a great city, but there are many existing tracks that would be fantastic. My vote would be Road America.

26 May 2010

[quote Autocar]Formula One will return to the US from 2012 after Bernie Ecclestone agreed a deal to stage a race in Austin, Texas.[/quote]I mean my American cousins no disrespect, but it is my observation F1 has next to no chance of gaining more than a minority following.

Americans have poor ability and patience for concentrated focus, hence their most popular sports are of the start-stop-start-stop-break-to-eat-chat-and-cheer variety, such as baseball, or the sudden burst of speed in a straight line sport, drag racing.

F1 demands watching cars race for lengthy periods, not around an easy to see oval track viewed from any seat. There are only pit stops and occasional accidents allowing time to buy that all important hot dog and coke, with no reason at all for a Mexican wave. And they'd have to learn and pronounce sophisticated words such as chicane, and know what it means. D'oh!

28 May 2010

[quote disco.stu]

To give it the best possible chance of success, they must not let Tilke design the track. Happy for him to work on the grandstands, just not the track.

[/quote]

I agree, but

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/track-site-engineers-secured-f1-group-says-711472.html

Looks like they've secured Tilke's services......

I wonder if Bernard Charles "Bernie" Ecclestone is a share holder in Tilke GmbH....

It'll be another boring track that could be anywhere in the world.

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