Austin hoping to change date of Grand Prix
6 December 2012 – United States Grand Prix organisers are seeking a date change for the 2013 race, with fears that an American football match could cause traffic issues and lower crowd numbers when the Circuit of the Americas hosts its second Formula 1 event.
Around 100,000 fans are expected at the University of Austin game on November 16, which is qualifying day at the Hermann Tilke-designed venue. Following confirmation of its November 15-17 slot at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Turkey on Wednesday, Chairman Bobby Epstein outlined his main concerns.
"Circuit of the Americas has expressed our strong preference for an alternate race date in 2013," Epstein explained to the American-Statesman.
"We understand that setting a global calendar can be very challenging, involves many factors and is out of our control. We feel confident that Formula 1 has taken our concerns seriously and is working earnestly towards a collective solution. Ultimately, our 2013 race date may remain as it currently stands."
This season, Austin hosted the first Grand Prix in the United States since 2007. Approximately 265,000 fans flocked through the gates over the course of the weekend.