Motoring

F1 Grand Prix Will Not Take Place in the US

The Formula One United States Grand Prix is set to be called off even before it has had its first edition

By AFP RELAXNEWS
Nov 22, 2011

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Those hopeful of having the Formula One transported to the America, will have their hopes dashed as the race set to take place next year is likely not to take place. The Formula One United States Grand Prix is set to be called off even before it has had its first edition. Bernie Ecclestone, boss of the Formula One, said there was no doubt that at the next meeting of the F1's governing body The FIA on December 7, the race due to be raced in Austin, Texas, in November next year would be pulled from the calendar.

"Yes, it will be, for sure," said Ecclestone, when asked whether the race would be called off.

Ecclestone's remarks came after it was announced on Tuesday that work on the purpose-built circuit - which would have hosted the first Grand Prix in the US since 2007 - has been halted as a result of a dispute among developers, the people behind the Formula One and promoters.

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As the Circuit of the Americas issued a statement on Tuesday confirming construction had been halted, the project was dealt another blow when Texas state comptroller Susan Combs said in a statement that US$25 million in state money for the event won't be paid in advance.

A statement issued by the circuit said construction would be halted until a contract assuring the Formula One United States Grand Prix will be held at Circuit of The Americas in 2012 is complete. Ecclestone said no contract had been issued because he had yet to receive a guarantee or letter of credit that he would be paid. "We've done everything we can to make this race happen," he said.

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Formula One's last appearance on US soil was in 2007 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In October, New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced plans for the Grand Prix of America to be held from 2013 on a road course on the Jersey shore opposite New York City.

 Photo Credits: Macau Grand Prix Committe

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