F1 » Austin feeling heat over June date?

A local newspaper has raised concerns over the Austin-based United States Grand Prix being handed a June 2012 calendar slot

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June 07, 2011 1:55 PM

Oh dear.

It's going to miserable in Texas in June. It would be much nicer for the teams and fans if they can find another date. But it does make a lot sense to have it next to the Canada race - I'm sure it takes a lot of money to fly all the equipment to North America.


June 07, 2011 3:10 PM
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I went to university in Austin for 4 years and the weather there is terrible...hot and oppressively humid. The Longhorns always played night games until mid October. But the locals can handle it...it's the visitors from up north that will die.

devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 3:23 PM

Korea got a date in October, now India also got a dare in October which now looks like they get to wait till december, apologies if forcing the USGP to bend over backwards on their first year doesn't seem odd to the rest of you.
I said in an earlier post that I was home in Austin visiting my parents almost two weeks ago and they are already seeing temps over 100 degrees in may this year, one day I went out around mid afternoon and the temp on the car's thermometer was 107 (41.5 degrees for the Europeans). I imagine its nothing worse than Malaysia, as the article suggests I would be more worried about drunk fans or pit crews and mechanics wearing fire suits who have to work on the car when even at night temps hover around 90.

Number 6 - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 5:56 PM

The unending stupidity of F1 would be an embarrassment to the likes of Gary Bettman and his NHL simians.

Isn't it obvious? Back to back with Brazil in late September or October?

Duh. Back to back with Canada. Idiotic. Absolutely idiotic. Reminds me of IndyCar running at Nazareth in early April, 40F on raceday.

You can't make this stuff up.

Austin Mike - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 7:07 PM

It was 103F yesterday here in Austin. Humidity around 40%. Next weekend (proposed race weekend) is supposed to be 98F. The worst part is that here the hottest part of the day is between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. about the same as race time. Having a race here in summer is just stupid. Early spring or late fall are the only real options. But both have there problems as well. The fall can still be very hot, with temps in the 90's, and spring is a crap shoot. This spring would have been good. But others have had terrible weather. (High temps, rain, high wind, hail, and tornadoes). That said, early spring would still be the best time to race here. Just Don't use any Public funds. Schools are closing all over the city and state due to lack of funding.


June 07, 2011 7:46 PM

Austin Mike

From my understanding of the public funds, the money was earmarked years ago and is sitting in an account. The money is earmarked with something like "entertainment", "sports events", or "tourism" or something or another. 2 things that I remember - 1. the money was allocated for an event like F1 or some entertainment and tourist event and can't be used or taken out for anything else 2. The money has already been put aside and not coming out of the current budget of the state or affecting the current budget.

If I remember correctly, all the attention (i.e. bad press) that has been put on the "public funds" were cause by a bunch of grandstanding politicians who want to be seen as doing "the right thing" and not spending public money for this event. But as stated earlier, the money was set aside already for an event (I believe through a bill of law), it can't be used outside of it's intend use and is actually sitting there doing nothing.

Taz - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 11:54 PM


Interesting post, that money wouldn't hang around in a pot in the UK that long. Most public sector bodies have a year (18 months max) to spend any money allocated.

thankfully the last administration spend an extra billion on our behalf :rolleyes:

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