Texas is absolutely fantastic, says Ecclestone
16 November 2012 – Bernie Ecclestone has praised Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas, which hosted its first two practice sessions on Friday. General first impressions were high amongst drivers, fans and the media as the venue’s race track and facilities were scrutinised.
“Everything we've asked for they've done and is unbelievable,” Ecclestone told journalists in the paddock. “They've done a super job - I couldn't ask for anything better. It's absolutely fantastic. Everybody seems happy although I had a complaint about the weather, with it not being as hot as they'd hoped, but otherwise everything's good. No complaints.
Going on to discuss how the sport can expand in the United States, which until this weekend has been yet to host an F1 event since 2007, the FOM head continued:
“We need to have ten races like in Europe…but the most we'll ever have is two, maybe three. But this should be a success.”
The USA’s last Grand Prix venue was the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted seven events at the start of the 2000s. The race’s popularity, forever compared with the Indy 500, dropped severely after the six-car race of 2005 when all Michelin runners were forced to abandon. In 2014, America will welcome a second F1 meeting in New Jersey.