U.S. grand prix in november

2011-08-12 00:00

BERNIE Ecclestone has admitted that next year’s inaugural U.S. Grand Prix will not be held in June as originally scheduled.

The switch to November is to avoid the hot Texas summer, but cynics have suggested it will give race organisers more time to build the circuit in Austin.

A side-effect of the move is a clause in Texas legislation that means state funding for the event can only be released a year in advance of the event.

This could mean actual construction will not begin until much later in 2011.

F1 chief executive Ecclestone, however, said the new calendar is confirmed.

“Before that there was a draft,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We have for example moved Austin to November because it’s 40°C in the summer [there]. We don’t want to have the experience of Dallas again [in 1984 drivers tackled searing heat and a crumbling track surface].”

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