Why Formula 1 needs the United States

Why Formula 1 needs the United States

Following the Austin promoter's bullish claims about the future of the United States Grand Prix in Texas, Edd Straw assesses how important F1 and the USA are to each other

When the Austin United States Grand Prix project was announced on May 25, there was widespread scepticism. This was a ground-up project, which required hundreds of millions of dollars to be invested to stage a race in a country where Formula 1 has struggled ever to establish itself as anything other than a minority motorsport interest. Big ask.

Recent announcements have blown the scepticism out of the water. With the announcement that billionaire Red McCombs is involved and the local government is seemingly supportive, there is now a feeling that Formula 1 will indeed return to the United States in 2012.

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