Tag Archive: Austin American Statesman

Nov 16

Hellmund now pushing to revive Mexican GP

Hellmund plans to raise between $60-75 million

2012-04-12 - Sauber F1 Team - Visit MexicoThe former mastermind of this weekend’s US grand prix in Austin, Tavo Hellmund, now has his sights fixed on returning formula one to Mexico. Hellmund fell out spectacularly with the eventual Circuit of the Americas management, but he will be at the track this weekend and has some key meetings planned. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Bianchi tests Ferrari improvements for Alonso

Ferrari is still pushing hard to give Fernando Alonso a title-winning Ferrari for the final back-to-back head-to-head with Sebastian Vettel.

Jules Bianchi  2011-12-04Ferrari - Jules Bianchi 1With Red Bull and Vettel’s qualifying problems allowing Alonso to claw back 3 points in Abu Dhabi, the Spaniard is still 10 points adrift with just Austin and Brazil to go. And with the red F2012 still not a match for the Adrian Newey-penned RB8, Alonso said after finishing second in Abu Dhabi: “We need to keep working and in Maranello they work day and night to bring new parts.” Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 18

Austin still working to finish 2012 US GP venue

The Hermann Tilke-designed track is scheduled to host the 2012 US GP in exactly a month from now.

Circuit of the AmericasCircuit of the Americas - 2012-06-01 - 2Organisers of the first US grand prix since 2007 say the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is now almost ready to host a formula one race.

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Sep 26

Whiting gives Austin track green light for US GP

Charlie Whiting has given Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas the green light to host its inaugural US grand prix in November.

2012-06-09_0014Circuit of the AmericasWe reported on Tuesday that F1’s highest-ranking FIA official was at the brand new venue for an inspection. “Everything I’ve seen has been absolutely first class,” Whiting is quoted by the Austin American Statesman newspaper.  “Progress since last time I was here has been amazing.”

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Sep 25

Whiting in Austin to inspect new US GP venue

Two months before the venue’s inaugural US grand prix, Charlie Whiting is in Austin to inspect the brand new Circuit of the Americas.

2012-06-09_0020Circuit of the AmericasThe Austin American Statesman newspaper reports that F1’s race director, safety delegate and technical development chief must give Austin the nod “or there will be no” grand prix in mid November. Read the rest of this entry »

May 24

Backer says no doubts about 2012 Austin GP

The key backer of the scheduled 2012 US grand prix insists he remains committed to the Circuit of the Americas project.

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixConstruction in Austin, Texas, has continued amid raging local media speculation, as lawsuits are pending and questions are constantly asked about the viability of the project commenced by the now offside promoter Tavo Hellmund. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 11

New York speeds ahead with F1 pit building

New Jersey Formula 1 Race coming soon

2011-06-26_0247New Jersey Formula 1 Race Coming SoonConstruction of the facilities for the 2013 New York grand prix is speeding ahead. At the same time, there remain grave doubts about the Texas project, despite the permanent Circuit of the Americas venue being scheduled to host its inaugural US grand prix in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 10

Work racing ahead at 2012 US GP site

450 workers are pushing to enable Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas to be ready for the US grand prix later this year.

Formula 1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the AmericasAfter the Texas project’s earlier hiccups, the rooves and walls of the paddock and medical buildings, media centre and main grandstand are now taking shape. Another recent setback, however, was 2 inches of rain in the last ten days. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 12

2012 US GP venue ‘taking shape’ – report

The scene of America’s return to the formula one calendar this year is starting to take shape.

Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Circuit of the AmericasThe local Austin American Statesman reports that construction of the Circuit of the Americas is “moving along quickly” following the recent uncertainty over the 2012 US grand prix contract.

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Dec 08

Work resumes at 2012 US GP site in Texas

Construction of the 2012 US GP venue in Texas capital Austin is resuming.

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixWork at the Circuit of the Americas had been halted amid the dispute between event founder Tavo Hellmund, the track’s new management and financiers, and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

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Nov 13

Austin hits back at Ecclestone pessimism

The Circuit of the Americas has hit back at Bernie Ecclestone’s claim that Texas might fall off the 2012 calendar.

2011-06-09_0313“Austin?  I wouldn’t want to put my money down that that will happen,” the F1 chief executive said in Abu Dhabi.

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Nov 11

Texas quiet but F1 ‘nervous’ as corruption saga deepens

“The whole of formula one will be watching with interest to see how this case unravels”

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixTexas officials would not comment when asked if Bernie Ecclestone’s implication in the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption scandal might endanger the 2012 US grand prix.

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Oct 27

Russian government to fund Sochi F1 track

The Russian federal government has committed to invest heavily in the country’s inaugural grand prix in 2014.

Sochi 2011-05-26Bernie Ecclestone - Vladimir Putin - Photo Mikhail Metzel APThe Ria Novosti news agency reports that the circuit in Sochi, located on the Black Sea coast, is to be built at a cost of towards US $200 million. And the Krasnodar region’s deputy governor Alaxander Ivanov is quoted by Reuters: “The federal government has allocated $195.4 million for this project.”

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Oct 27

New York promoter denies doubting Austin race

The NY Times author Jonathan Schultz insists however that Hindery was quoted accurately.

2011-06-26_0247Circuit of the AmericasThe promoter of F1’s newly announced New York round has denied doubting the separate US grand prix in Texas will ever take place. Austin is scheduled to host the sport on a purpose-built circuit late next year, but there has been speculation construction is seriously delayed and that state funding may be in danger.

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Sep 30

Report hints US GP project to lose promoter Hellmund

There are fears about the ongoing involvement in the 2012 US grand prix project of the race’s promoter Tavo Hellmund.

Formula 1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the AmericasHellmund has been the driving force behind the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, scheduled to host its first formula one race next November. But the slowing of construction work at the venue has been “noticeable” lately, according to the local Austin American Statesman newspaper.

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Jun 29

US GP health better ahead of Wednesday vote

The council will meet to vote

Circuit of the AmericasFormula 1 United States Grand PrixThe health of the 2012 US grand prix project looked better on Wednesday, ahead of a crucial council vote on the Circuit of the Americas’ state funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 08

US GP boss eyes fake rain for Texas track

The Austin American Statesman reports that Hellmund thinks the idea is “brilliant”

Formula 1 United States Grand PrixAustin, Texas Formula 1 race track 12012 US grand prix organiser Tavo Hellmund has admitted he thinks Bernie Ecclestone’s idea to spice up formula one with artificial rain is “brilliant”. F1 chief executive Ecclestone said it would be “easy” to ready the irrigation systems at “a number of tracks”, and one of them could be the venue currently under construction in Texas. Read the rest of this entry »