So, F1 will return to the United States, at least that is what the announcement published yesterday on official F1 website reveals:
Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.
Time to get excited, or is it ?
We have had a fair share of surprising announcements of new venues in the recent past. There was not much (if any) talk in the media about any of the surprising additions to the calendar before Singapore GP and the Valencia F1 race were announced almost at the same time in 2007. A little over a year later both races were on. But there was also that big announcement about Donington Park and British GP and we know how that venture ended up …
Here are links to interesting articles on the USGP in Austin:
- Bernie Ecclestone’s “Head Fake!” – Full Throttle (unrelated to the Full Throttle involved in the Austin F1 projects)
- US GP promoter considering three Austin locations (Adam Cooper’s Blog)
- 10 reasons why to love the idea of the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin – by Racing Eagles
Update: According to information from Austin F1 track promoter Tavo Hellmund the site for the track has already been purchased and the track is to be designed by … surprise … Mr. Tilke … Not much information on where the funding will come from has been revealed though, other than the mention of “private investors”.