The Circuit of the Americas has said it would be prepared to postpone its first F1 race until 2013 amidst continued speculation about the event.
The first race has been thrown into doubt after work was halted earlier this week over the lack of a contract between circuit organisers and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone – with the original deal signed with Tavo Hellmund and Full Throttle Productions having been cancelled.
Ecclestone has suggested that the Circuit of the Americas now has little more than a week to confirm it can pay the fees required to take on the F1 contract if it to feature in 2012 and the circit has now suggested it could be interested in delaying the first F1 race until 2013.
If that were to happen, it would mean both American races would join the schedule in the same season, with the first race in New Jersey due to start in 2013.
“We have been excited for and working towards a 2012 USGP race and now understand that Mr Ecclestone is interested in moving the Austin race to 2013,” Steve Sexton, president of Circuit of The Americas, said.
“We know the US market is important to the teams and their sponsors and 2013 certainly allows time for the Circuit of The Americas to be ready.”