• Aug 11th 2011 at 6:01PM
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Sitting outside for several hours under the beating sun in central Texas in June wouldn't exactly be what most would call their cup of tea... though you might feel like you were being steeped inside of one. That's why Formula One Management is set on moving next year's inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas to November.
The race was originally scheduled for June 17, one week after the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal when the F1 circus is already in North America. However the possibility of moving it was first mooted a couple of months ago as race organizers were facing off against a vocal lobby bent on shutting down the event at Austin's city council. Having won the municipality's approval, the fear is that a June race would just prove too hot for race fans.

The new date is November 18, when the teams are already sailing back across the Atlantic for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Although the FIA has yet to approve the new date, it is part of a revised calendar for 2012 proposed by Bernie Ecclestone, who is obviously as keen to see the USGP succeed as his Texan partners.

In a related development, the Belgian Grand Prix could begin alternating years in which it is held. The small country with the iconic racing circuit has placed ever-increasing noise and environmental constrictions on the Spa-Francorchamps track, which, coupled with cashflow problems, could see the race alternating with a return of the French Grand Prix that has been missing from the calendar since 2008.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If that weekend happens to coincide with a University of Texas home football game, the lodging situation in central Texas is going to be strained to the maximum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea. It's been so freakin' hot here in Dallas (we had our first sub-100 high yesterday, after 40 straight 100-plus days), that I can't imagine having to race in temps like that. We had the GP here in Dallas years ago at Fair Park, and drivers and spectators were dropping like flies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a no-brainer. Being cooked alive in humid 100+ F heat would take a little fun out of the race
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good. That may give me a better chance at getting tickets to the first race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SLS AMGrrr
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that not an IndyCar picture?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know the teams have been talking like this move isn't something they'd like to see, but it seems to make since on all fronts. It wasn't smart from the start, to hold the GP weekend in June, when F1 has already had a history of hosting the USGP in the southwest in the summer, and subsequently canceled it due to heat. Mostly wondered why they ever scheduled it there anyway. Hopefully this wont have too adverse an effect on the people who had already booked rooms for the weekend in June.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, that's a disadvantage to ridiculous grip forces for the tyres.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure, but I thought this was decided a little while ago.