Posted on November 20, 2012

The importance of the United States market to Formula 1 was a topic of constant discussion during the inaugural Austin Grand Prix weekend and there were several outreach initiatives during the weekend, including a FOTA Fans Forum and a business symposium to take F1 into the Texan and wider US business community. The Motor Sport Business Forum, which over the past eight years has established itself as the leading event for discussion and networking on the major issues around the world of motorsport business, hosted the inaugural Texas Business Symposium at the University of Texas. Over 200 delegates, both from More…

Posted on November 17, 2012

Formula 1’s latest attempt to put down permanent roots in America got underway at the Circuit of the Americas today and it was the man who made his debut the last time the sport raced in the United States five years ago, Sebastian Vettel, who enjoyed the most dominant of Fridays. The Red Bull driver has his first chance to clinch his third consecutive world title this weekend if results go his way and in practice he demonstrated the kind form needed to at least keep to his part of the bargain with big margins of superiority in both FP1 More…

Posted on November 15, 2012

This weekend marks the return to the United States of Formula 1 after an absence of five years. And as the USA is the second largest market for JA on F1 readers, with over 700,000 American visitors this year, we want to hear from you about how the event is being covered by the national and local press as well as TV and Radio. Oscar Wilde said that ‘the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about’ and that’s certainly true of this event. So is it being talked about or not? Let us know. The More…

Posted on November 14, 2012

This weekend the F1 teams will race on the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the first time. And it could well be the title decider with Sebastian Vettel 10 points ahead of Fernando Alonso and only 50 points left on the table. So what will this race turn on? What is the secret to being competitive at Austin and how will the all-important race strategy play out? The new Circuit of the Americas looks very attractive from a drivers’ and spectators’ point of view. It has a little bit of everything; Mercedes’ simulations suggest the circuit More…

Posted on April 12, 2012

Formula 1’s off-track focus in Shanghai may currently be trained solely on next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix and whether or not the Sakhir race will take place, but another race that appeared in serious jeopardy for very different reasons towards the end of last year – the revived US GP in Austin – marked an important milestone in the new venue’s construction on Thursday with a “topping off” ceremony for the pit building. Construction teams hold such symbolic ceremonies when they are ready to install support beams at the highest point of a building under construction and so, having reached that stage More…

Posted on October 2, 2011

There was an article in the Austin Statesman on Friday which caught the eye and suggests that there are some changes imminent in the management and promotion of the US Grand Prix at Austin, which is due to have its inaugural event in 13 months from now. The paper has seen a letter sent by the Texas state comptroller Susan Combs to F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone which deals with a transfer of ownership rights to the US Grand Prix in the promoter contract. It appears that Tavo Hellmund, who struck the deal with Ecclestone for the US GP to More…

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