It was announced on Wednesday by the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) that this year’s U.S. Grand Prix will go ahead as planned.
Doubt was cast over the future of the race last year when the state of Texas announced it would reduce the circuit’s subsidy by 20 per cent. Speaking at the time, circuit owner Bobby Epstein said “To use a technical term, I think we’re screwed”. The event was also marked as “subject to agreement with the promoter and the ASN [National Sporting Authority]” on the original draft of the FIA’s 2016 calendar.
However, on Wednesday the circuit made an announcement saying the race would go ahead, with pop star Taylor Swift headlining a concert on COTA’s Super Stage after Saturday’s qualifying session.
The circuit statement stated the following:-
‘We are so happy to confirm F1’s return to COTA as well as Taylor Swift’s headline performance. 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 One United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1’s calendar.
‘By combining the excitement of Formula One, 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.’
The news means F1 is still set for the longest season in its history, with 21 races set to take place between next week’s season opener in Melbourne and the finale in Abu Dhabi in late November.