The challenges of the United States GP

The challenges of the United States GP

The United States Grand Prix at Austin was a success both on and off the track but, as Dieter Rencken explains, there are still some challenges ahead for the American event to consolidate itself

That last weekend's US Grand Prix, the first Formula 1 race in the Land of the Automobile since 2007, turned out a roaring success is no real surprise. The country has been crying out for some F1 action for five years, with the massive annual American contingent at the Canadian GP – the only other such round on the continent – attesting to the popularity of the category.

Given the universal praise Austin's event received from the paddock, it is indeed strange to relate that exactly a year ago, as the circus was breaking camp after the season finale in Brazil, F1 tsar Bernie Ecclestone told this column that he doubted the event would happen at all, that he was ready to drop it from the 2012 calendar after its promoters had failed to meet financial deadlines in the face of (ongoing) legal wrangles and construction stoppages.

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