Everything is bigger in Texas. So it's appropriate that the hubbub surrounding the imminent return of the United States Grand Prix to the Lonestar State should come down to a big last-minute deal.

As you may recall, Formula One was set to come to Austin next year at a new track complex currently being built. However, construction on the Circuit of the Americas came to a halt after F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone expressed his doubts that they'd be able to pull it off. The problem apparently came down to public funding, which was reportedly delayed when the state comptroller told organizers they'd have to wait. With the $25 million bond due to Ecclestone's Formula One Management this week, an undisclosed last-minute deal has reportedly come through to get Bernie his money.

As a result, race organizers have reportedly secured the event's place on next year's calendar as planned, and construction will reportedly resume immediately now that the deal is a go. Somehow, we doubt this will be the last hiccup along the path of bringing Europe's favorite racing series to Texas, but for now it looks like everything is racing ahead.


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      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I for one am glad to see an F1 story without a picture of Bernie Ecclestone.
        ack154
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Perhaps whenever there's a story about Bernie we could substitute a photo of his daughter?
      Tiberius1701
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bernie needs to go away.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tiberius1701
        Bernie has nothing to do with this...
      ijumpovercars
      • 3 Years Ago
      From what I understand, what escalated things was COTA wanting to cut out Tavo (middle man) and deal directly with Bernie.
      Griffilicious
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's always made it about money - the Scrooge of the racing world. Maybe Senna's ghost will show up this Christmas and slap some sense into him. If that doesn't work, well, he is getting pretty old.
        F1tifoso
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Griffilicious
        He even looks a bit like Scrooge! QUICK someone fark a picture of him!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Austin is a smidge over 1000 miles from me, but man I'd LOVE to go see this. Would loved to have hear the V10s or V8s screaming, but the turbo V6s I'm sure won't sound like UPS trucks.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Who said they're going back to V10s? I don't remember them saying anything about that.
        F1tifoso
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Apparently you've never heard them at all and opened your mouth? The only engine with that characteristic is the Chrysler V10 that sounds like a UPS truck - an F1 engine screams like nothing else on earth - I heard them in person in 2002, at the third row of the Paddock on the bricks, and though they did not sound like a V12 to my ears you wouldn't know it was a V10 until told so unless you had been around F1 engines for years... The current V8's sound farty on throttle lift-off due to using active air management but it is banned for next year to remove those complaints! They won't have turbo 6's, it's not Indy car at 18-20k rpm - will be V6 or turbo 4, but not til 13 or later. Do yourself a favor and drive the 1000 miles in something you like - you'll remember the whole trip as great :)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Once upon a 77
      • 3 Years Ago
      yee-haw!
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      My money is ready to buy two tickets!! But, this on and off again with the track opening needs to come to a close in a good way or bad!!
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      • 2 Years Ago
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      adrenalnjunky
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as we still get MotoGP, that's all I'm concerned about.
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      • 2 Years Ago
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