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In a pointed and sometimes emotional news conference Thursday afternoon, Tavo Hellmund, the man who brought Formula 1 to Austin 18 months ago, stated his case and tried to explain how Austin's Formula 1 Grand Prix plans went so wrong, so fast. Here are his words: “In late spring amongst our partners, we had a view of thinking of a different direction of the way things should go. That happens, and no one’s right or wrong. That created the current friction, but nothing that would derail the project. Continue reading Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
It has been a difficult week for Formula 1 fans in the U.S. The drama increases with each passing day and the future of the U.S. Grand Prix (USGP) in Austin has become more uncertain. Rumors that the race would be cancelled started a few weeks ago, but now those rumors seem likely to be reality, and it is increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Be that as it may, let’s take a shot at doing just that. Continue Reading Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
What began as a misfire is now in flames. Formula 1 boss (and we do mean “boss” in every “Sopranos” sense of the word) Bernie Ecclestone threw jet fuel onto the fire today when, according to London newspapers, he announced the Formula 1 contract (necessary to run a Formula 1 race in Austin) held by Tavo Hellmund has been cancelled. Here's what Ecclestone told the Daily Mail: Everything was signed and sealed, but we kept putting things off like the dates, various letters of credit and things that should have been sent, but nothing ever happened. Then these other people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Bernie Ecclestone, Susan Combs, and Tavo Hellmund Last week I wrote about the rumors concerning the US Grand Prix scheduled for Austin in November 2012. Then, last weekend, Bernie Ecclestone told the teams at the Indian Grand Prix that there were “problems in Austin. I don't think they are struggling [with building the track] at all," he explained. "I think there has been a disagreement inside the company." The company he was referring to is Full Throttle Productions (FTP) run by Tavo Hellmund, and the problem is the relationship FTP has with the owners and investors of Circuit of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
"North American F1 Driver Sergio Perez from Guadalajara, Jalisco" My European, Asian, and South American friends understand my fascination with Formula 1. They understand because they are F1 fans. In fact, the common denominator in our friendship is the sport. My American friends find it difficult to understand my interest in F1, and I seldom try to explain. When pressed, I mention the technology, the international nature, the exotic locales, and the “glitz and glamour.” My foreign friends always ask why the sport isn’t more popular in the US. I’ve thought about this, and I think I have a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
There have been mixed messages concerning the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin this week coming from the mouths of people who should be “in the know” about the event. As the year’s racing schedules near the end, the “silly season” begins and rumors start to fly. Most concern driver’s contracts, racing sponsors, technical partnerships, etc.; but, the rumors also include racing schedules and circuit contracts with the sanctioning bodies. Continue Reading Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Fifty years ago today, at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, American Phil Hill won the Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship (WDC) in his 1.5 liter Ferrari. 1961 was a remarkable year for American F1 drivers as Dan Gurney and Richie Ginther joined Hill in the record books as they took fourth and fifth places in the final season standings. I had the good fortune to meet Phil Hill at Monza in 2003. He was a very gracious man who happily talked about the historic years of F1. Continue Reading Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
After the traditional four week August break, the 2011 F1 World Championship will travel this weekend to Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes Forest of south-eastern Belgium to contest the 12th round of the season. Red Bull Racing, and their championship leading drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, will face serious challenges from Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the Ferrari, as well as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the McLaren/Mercedes. With only eight races to go, both teams need a good result in order to seriously challenge RBR for the title. Continue Reading Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Famous for failure: The U.S. Grand Prix might work ... in Austin? By John Flood 08.22.11 | 12:00 pm Formula One in the United States is now just over 50 years old. The first Formula One U.S. Grand Prix was held at the now famous Sebring International Raceway in southern Florida in 1959. The circuit had already established itself as an international racing venue with the Twelve Hours of Sebring, first contested in 1952, and the promoters hoped to further their international credentials with the introduction of the F1 World Championships. Continued Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
NASCAR, the most popular racing series in the U.S., has very little in common with the most popular racing series on the planet, Formula 1. NASCAR circuits are typically oval, while F1 circuits are road courses featuring a combination of twisty bits, fast turns, and long straights followed by heavy braking zones. F1 circuits include purpose built race tracks and converted street circuits...... To continue....... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
I have been thinking about this issue for a few days, and everyday there seems to be a bit of news from the RBR camp. Webber has admitted that he ignored the orders to hold position and continued to challenge Vettel, Horner has admitted that he was a bit pissed that Webber had done so, but team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has said that Webber will be signed for next year as Mark has no better choice than to continue to drive the best car on the grid and that RBR has no better or faster drivers to replace him. Sounds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
This article is from the following website: County officials today are issuing permits for the next round of construction at a Formula One racetrack southeast of Austin. County officials met this morning with circuit officials and developers for a progress update and to discuss traffic and emergency management plans. “Our meeting today with the county was a regular update regarding construction progress at the site that concluded with the county issuing the next round of permits,” track President Steve Sexton said in a statement. “We are moving forward as scheduled.” Anna Bowlin, the county’s director of development services, said,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Yesterday at the beautiful new Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, media from around the world and dignitaries such as Senator Kirk Watson, Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez were poised and ready. We were all expecting a big announcement from Tavo Hellmund and the Formula 1 United States team. We got quite a bit more. Hellmund, Red McCombs, and emcee Bob Varsha of Speed TV got things rolling by introducing the new name of the track - “Circuit of the Americas”. Hellmund elaborated on the name: “We really started thinking about wanting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
It is a well-known fact that Nick Heidfeld will now be deputising for the injured Robert Kubica in the Renault for the foreseeable future. Having impressed the Renault hierarchy it seemed like a natural choice, and once again it gives Heidfeld a chance to show what he can do in an F1 car. But it isn’t the first time that ‘Quick Nick’ has found himself securing a drive while being a free agent. Here I look at the other times when Nick has came out of the dark and back into the F1 spotlight. Jordan – 2004 Nick’s first F1... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
As ever in Formula 1, a new season means new rules, regulations, and changes all round. We had the OZ opener in Melbourne, but it is not clear what affect the changes had. Australia's Albert Park Circuit is not a standard circuit and that makes it difficult to judge the effects of technical changes. But Malaysia's Sepang Circuit will be a much more representative test of the new rules. Gone are Bridgestone, F-Ducts and shark fins. And in are Pirelli tyres, KERS, and moveable rear wings. Here we take a quick look at the changes in Formula 1 this year.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
We are at that time of the year again when the F1 teams get together for the first time to pit their wits against each other. This season the circus begins in Melbourne, where apart from 2006 and last season it has begun every year since 1996. Here, I look at the different venues to have hosted the F1 season opener. Melbourne, Australia Season Openers: 1996 – 2005, 2007 – 2009, 2011 Melbourne has become known as the traditional season opener in F1, having hosted more season-opening races than any other circuit. It has also regularly been the scene of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Circuit Name: Albert Park Circuit Laps: 58 Lap Record: Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari – 1min 24.125 (2004) Where is the circuit? The Albert Park circuit is situated, funnily enough, in Albert Park in the heart of Melbourne. It is officially known as the Melbourne Grand Prix circuit, but is more commonly known after the park it is situated in. The park is situated just a few miles outside downtown Melbourne, making getting to the race easy for everyone, with cars, buses and even trams being used as transport for the race. What about the track stats? The circuit length is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
Exclusive: First Aerial Video of Austin Track Construction from The Austin Grand Prix on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Formula1 Journal
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Posted Mar 12, 2011 at Formula1 Journal