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Formula 1: US Grand Prix 2012 - It's On!!

Circuit of The Americas has reached an agreement with Formula One Management ensuring the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix remains on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship race calendar for 2012. Red McCombs, chairman of McCombs Enterprises and founding partner of Circuit of The Americas said: “Mr. Ecclestone received his check today. We want to thank the fans supporting us, the local officials and businesses that have encouraged us, the State of Texas, Circuit of The Americas&rs...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Brazilian Grand Prix

Well, that's a wrap. The last race of the season didn't go entirely to script (my version: Sebastian Vettel leading from start to finish to close the year in much the way he ran it), but in so doing served as the second consecutive reminder of how thin the margin of even Vettel's dominating performance was. He didn't repeat Abu Dhabi's DNF, but a gimpy gearbox detected on Lap 16 forced him from the lead on Lap 30 and left his point average over the last two events at 9. Project that over the cou...

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Tit for Tw*t: CoTA vs. Ecclestone

Photo: RichardsF1.com Circuit of The Americas, presumptive site of the 2012 United States Grand Prix, and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone continue to talk past each other in attempting to resolve ongoing contractual disputes regarding the event. CoTA responded to Formula One Management’s contract requirements by agreeing to an immediate cash payment of the sanctioning fee for the 2012 USGP. Circuit of The Americas also offered to establish an advance payment schedu...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi

The Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi was a good reminder as the 2011 season winds down of exactly how fine the line between champion and also-ran can be in Formula 1. Practice sessions saw the continued ascent of McLaren whose cars consistently ran better than Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton in particular had always been very fast at Abu Dhabi and this continued to be the case, with the assembled well-heeled masses given good reason to believe that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's stranglehold on ...

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Formula 1: US Grand Prix - Ecclestone wants moved to 2013

Organizers of Circuit of The Americas responded to reported statements in the media by Bernie Ecclestone as follows: “We have been excited for and working towards a 2012 USGP race and now understand that Mr. Ecclestone is interested in moving the Austin race to 2013. We know the US market is important to the teams and their sponsors and 2013 certainly allows time for the Circuit of The Americas to be ready.” The Associated Press reported that the 2012 US Grand Prix would b...

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Formula 1: US Grand Prix -Circuit of Americas stops construction

Organizers of Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Tex., are suspending further construction of the 3.4 mile course until a contract assuring the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix will be held there in 2012 is complete. The race contract between Formula One and Circuit of The Americas has not been conveyed to Circuit of The Americas per a previously agreed upon timetable. While construction at Circuit of The Americas has progressed as scheduled with over 300 workers at the construction si...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Indian Grand Prix

The inaugural Grand Prix of India took place on the brand new Buddh circuit, which ended up being the second-fastset course of 2011, after Monza. The newly finished track, however, added extra menace to the high speeds. Large amounts of dust on the dirving circuit caused several offs during practice and qualifying and at least a handful during the race itself. But new, dusty course or no, one thing remained the same, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) won the pole, his 13th, leaving ...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Korean Grand Prix

And that's a championship again! RBR-Renault secured its second consecutive Formula 1 manufacturers' championship at the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, though not without at least a small fight. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) became the first non-Red Bull pole-sitter of the 2011 season in Korea. By Turn 4,  however, Sebatian Vettel had claimed P1 and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber passed Jenson Button in the other McLaren to move into 3rd place. Vitaly...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Singapore Grand Prix

Monza and the Italian Grand Prix brought the European portion of the 2011 Formula One season to a close and brought Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) within striking distance of becoming the youngest back-to-back F1 champion ever. Singapore is the first of three consecutive races in the Far East, the only one on a street circuit, and the longest race of the year. It is also the only night race on the Formula One calendar.   Going into the weekend there were a number of possible outcom...

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F1: Countdown to Austin 2012 - Italian Grand Prix

Monza, site of the Italian Grand Prix since 1950, and the third of my three favorite Formula 1 courses. Built in 1922 in the Royal Villa of Monza park, the sun-dappled views created by the surrounding forest provide an arboreal setting which stands in marked contrast to the high technology of modern day F1 racing. With only 8 corners and the cars running at minimum downforce as a result, Monza is also the fastest course of the year, cars topping out at more ethan 200 mph and average lap&nbs...

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