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Todt casts doubt on Austin USGP

Jean Todt has admitted that the proposed grand prix in Texas is 'just a project'.

Jean Todt has cast doubt on whether Formula One will return to the United States of America quite as quickly as anticipated, after admitting that the proposed grand prix in Austin remains 'just a project'.

Speaking to Fox Sports, the Frenchman, now head of the FIA after finding success at Ferrari, echoed other sceptics who believe that the ten-year deal to run a race at a purpose-built venue close to the Texan state capital is not as secure as it first seemed. Even Bernie Ecclestone appears to have reservations, having recently underlined the fact that promoters Full Throttle Productions would face financial penalties should the race not be delivered, as planned, in 2012.

“At the moment, it's just a project," Todt said of the Austin race, "I don't think something will happen next year.”

Todt was in the US in a bid to discover why NASCAR had been able to build its championship so successfully, and why F1 had, largely, failed to take off, despite events at iconic venues such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Long Beach and Watkins Glen over the years. Ironically, his visit coincided with the revelation that former Long Beach GP chief Chris Pook is involved with another potential USGP project.

With Ecclestone admitting that plans for a race in the New York/New Jersey area is far from dead following the deal with Austin, Pook has confirmed that he is involved with promoters in the region in a bid to bring F1 back to the USA.

Several sites had been rumoured as a potential home for the USGP following Ecclestone's assertion, at the Chinese Grand Prix, that he was talking to at least three candidates, but Liberty Park in Jersey City has already been ruled out, leaving Monticello Motor Club as the only confirmed interest. Pook, who was also involved in the F1 races at Watkins Glen and Detroit, has not revealed which bid he is involved with because of a non-disclosure agreement, but reports suggest it could be another location in New Jersey altogether.

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Robsy - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 10:56 AM

Looks like the big lesson Bernie took from Donningtongate is that it's as easier to make money from penalty clauses than it is to hold races. I reckon thats why S Korea is still busy building, and why Bernie went to Austin for a new track rather than look to configure an existing name. And you only have to look at Shanghai and Turkey to see what happens financially to tracks that build for F1 only.

James Montgomery

July 08, 2010 9:07 AM

ERGH!! WHY!?!?! There are many circuits in the USA that are long enough to qualify for F1. a bit of work and would make it suitable for F1. What is wrong with going back to the glen? If it is fine for Indy Car's that do up to 200 mph on the road circuits... then can't see the problem for F1. I must asume it is the money that is making F1 return to the US and not the fans. In my opinion, a list of circuits that could be changed a smidge (or already suited for F1) The Glen, (isn't that near New York anyway??) Road America, Mid Ohio, Sebring, Road Atlanta? Would doubt Long Beach and Laguna Seca is ok as they are too short. Surely that's better than another tilkdrome?

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