US Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar in 2016, officials of the Circuit of the Americas have confirmed, ending months of uncertainty about the future of the Texas race.
Although the US Grand Prix has become a popular fixture since it returned on the calendar in 2012 at the newly-built Circuit of the Americas, its future was put into question after a reduction in state funding. Low track attendance in 2015 due to poor weather further strained promoter’s finances.
However, at a press conference held today, the organisers put all doubts to rest, confirming that the race will be hosted on 23 October, as originally scheduled.
Organisers also took advantage of the occasion to announce that pop star Taylor Swift will headline the post-race concert in Austin.
"We are so happy to confirm F1's return to COTA as well as Taylor Swift's headline performance," said Bobby Epstein, chairman and CEO of COTA.
"We can't think of a better way to mark this important 5-year milestone for F1 in Austin. Since we first hosted this event in 2012, we have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that has allowed us to make significant annual improvements to the event that we are confident will continue to establish the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1's calendar.”
"By combining the excitement of Formula 1, the fun of the festival, and a full concert by Taylor Swift, we ensure fans can enjoy the greatest sports and entertainment event of the year.”
“We're looking forward to welcoming visitors to Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, for what promises to be an amazing weekend,’’ he added.
Over the last few years, several celebrities have performed during grand prix weekends, with rap legend Eminem, teen sensation Justin Bieber and DJ David Guetta being one of the most notable figures.
by Rachit Thukral