Austin: Still battling for its grand prix

Austin: Still battling for its grand prix

Formula 1's return to the United States at Austin's Circuit of the Americas is just months away, but there remains plenty of scepticism about the event. Dieter Rencken got the latest from the circuit chiefs

If there is one thing the Land of the Automobile has never fully embraced it is Formula 1. While the Indianapolis 500 was included in the FIA world championship for a decade – despite its heavy metal front-engined roadsters being about as far removed from cars complying with 1950s F1 regulations as bassets from beagles – only one circuit hosted F1 for longer than 10 years, namely Watkins Glen (1961-80).

Other venues to host grands prix in the USA are: Long Beach and Indianapolis (eight each), Detroit (seven), Phoenix (three), Las Vegas (two), and Sebring, Riverside and Dallas (one each) – nine circuits for a total of 51 races.

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