Mexico has secured its return to the formula one calendar in 2015.
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Hellmund plans to raise between $60-75 million
The 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.
The key backer of the scheduled 2012 US grand prix insists he remains committed to the Circuit of the Americas project.
Construction 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.
“Our focus remains positive.” – Circuit of the Americas
Even amid the latest speed-bump, organisers insist they are still on schedule to host Austin’s inaugural US grand prix late this year. Circuit of the Americas backer Bobby Epstein is being sued by race founder Tavo Hellmund, but he did not want to talk about it whilst giving the Culturemap Austin publication a tour of the construction site.
Austin’s formula one project is close to collapse, with Bernie Ecclestone saying the event will fall off the 2012 calendar “for sure”.
With the Texas state funding also in jeopardy and track construction halted, the main problem is a disagreement between Tavo Hellmund – who held the original race contract – and the separate company that is building the Circuit of the Americas.
Austin’s formula one project continued to collapse this week, with news construction of the Circuit of the Americas has been halted.
A ten year deal for a waterside American grand prix amidst the New York skyline was announced officially on Tuesday.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the official announcement but the street race, to debut in mid 2013, will be privately funded, headed by Leo Hindery, a well-known American businessman and Le Mans class winner.
There are fears about the ongoing involvement in the 2012 US grand prix project of the race’s promoter Tavo Hellmund.
Hellmund 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.
The Circuit of the Americas however has already applied for the funding on the basis of the June date.
Organisers of the 2012 US grand prix have admitted that the proposed race date change will affect the timing of the approval of state funding. After Bernie Ecclestone said the inaugural Austin event will move from June to November on next year’s calendar, promoter Tavo Hellmund confirmed it was the date “I have been hoping for”.
An American FIA official has questioned the scheduled date for the inaugural US grand prix in Austin.
The World Motor Sport Council announced after its Barcelona meeting last week that the Circuit of the Americas, under construction in the Texan capital, will host its first formula one race in 2012 in mid June.
The venue for next year’s inaugural US grand prix in Texas has been officially named ‘Circuit of the Americas’.
The news was announced at the same time as a MotoGP event for 2013 was added to the new Austin track’s calendar. “We are building a destination for entertainment and business, not simply a race track, and this brand reflects that entire idea,” said promoter Tavo Hellmund in a press conference.
The Austin American Statesman reports that Hellmund thinks the idea is “brilliant”
2012 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.
The submission of the plans sets in motion the process for the circuit’s mandatory homologation.
Organisers of the 2012 United States grand prix have submitted plans for the bespoke circuit outside of Austin with F1’s governing FIA. The lodging is earlier than expected, with the body’s Circuit Commission not scheduled to meet until February.
“Is that going to happen again? No” – Nick Craw
New F1 circuits look unlikely to be able to emulate Korea, whose delayed Yeongam venue was given an eleventh-hour reprieve by the FIA. Usually, the governing body inspects a new track 90 days before the inaugural race date, giving either a thumbs-up or down.
“They’re getting there but they still have a way to go.”
Organisers of the 2012 US grand prix are facing a race against time to obtain planning permission to begin work on the Austin circuit. Construction is scheduled to begin in December, but the local American Statesman newspaper reports that planning authorities have prepared a four-page list of concerns about the proposed project.
The next Circuits Commission meeting is unlikely to be held until 2011.
Organisers of the 2012 United States grand prix in Texas have missed a deadline to lodge the design of its circuit with F1’s governing body. Promoter Tavo Hellmund said in early August that the Austin layout would be presented to the FIA’s Circuits Commission in September.