So the United States Grand Prix is returning to the F1 calendar in 2012 on a brand new track at Austin, Texas. This is the latest twist and turn in the sport’s on-off love affair with Uncle Sam which began 50 years ago when Jack Brabham pushed his Cooper-Climax home to take fourth place in the inaugural race on the bumpy Sebring airfield circuit in Florida, thereby clinching the first of his three world championships.

Twelve months later Stirling Moss won the 1960 race at Riverside, California, after which the world championship began a love affair with Watkins Glen, that classic circuit in upstate New York, which hosted the race until 1980.

F1 returns to America

In 1976 a race through the streets of Long Beach, California – titled the US GP West – was inaugurated by British-born entrepreneur Chris Pook and lasted through to 1983 since when it became an Indycar event.