F1 » Austin F1 race in doubt as work halted

Work halted in Austin over a contractual dispute

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CHRSITY - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 8:13 AM

gee?...another US'S scandal involving spending mere millions of US taxpayers money..surly there will be protest against these..they shouldnt have built F1 track there....korea are already facing the pinch of money woes after 2 races....and now US?..where do the money comes in?..lets see how they do...

victor - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 9:29 AM

Agree Taz F1 has gotten to a stage whereby it cannot be justified and needs to cut costs. The cost to transport the F1 circus to a venue alone must be ridiculously huge. Back to basics and focus on good racing at minimal cost.


November 16, 2011 9:29 AM

@Mayo: Trackbuilding is not just a matter of pride. It has to be financially viable too. India and Korea are just as unsure about if their investment is really going to pay-off in the long run.

As a side note, I'm at a loss about why Tilke is employed exclusively for the design of all the latest F1 tracks. The guy is good but as any designer in any field has his own taste and approach. Why not give somebody else the chance to design a track?

I'm saying this because although Tilke's tracks are technical and challenging for the driver they usually don't promote passing very much. You need "esses" for easy passing, because in "esses" the line is a compromise between the exit of the first and the entrance to the second turn. This compromise can be taken advantage of by a car that wants to pass. The issue is that Tilke's esses put successive turns too close to one-another to allow for this.

CharlesForester - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 9:31 AM

It's political bull sh*t like this that turns your average American off to formula 1. Whatever these two organizations are bickering about need to get their freaking act together and do what needs to be done to get the Venue finished and READY FOR THE RACE.

I hate to say it, but formula 1 and America seem to be like oil and water at this point, despite the RIDICULOUSLY large market share we have, and millions upon millions of fan passionate about racing.

bojan - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 10:28 AM

I think someone is having second thoughts about the viability of this event seeing that there will be another USGP in New Jersey in 2013. Don't know how good Austin would have been but it seems a pity to lose it for a mere street circuit.

All about spectator numbers I suppose.


November 16, 2011 10:51 AM
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I agree with you. Whatever they are bitter about needs to be sorted out. We have just enjoyed a successful Indian Grand Prix and of course there was lot of delays and negativity surrounding everything about it. So, looks like we're in for another round of bull.

I just watched the- Red Bull F1 Showrun - Austin 2011 video on YouTube, and David Coulthard makes a good show of the Red Bull car in impossible on off track conditions more than a year before the 2012 race. The video ends by saying " we're ready are you". Ouch!!

This video is the kind of thing I want to see promoted by F1 sites but for whatever reason negative feedback always gets the full light of day when it comes to news. My only concern is as a non-Sky viewer -- will I be able to watch the Bull Run live.


November 16, 2011 11:13 AM

Would absolutely hate to see this not happen, because Tilke or not this track looks extremely promising. America does have a tradition of building tracks that promote fast, challenging and exciting racing...

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