COTA comfortable to host two U.S. F1 races in 2021
Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is ready to host this yr’s occasion on Oct. 24.
The beginning of that month was because of function two races in Asia however Singapore has cancelled its Oct. 3 occasion, whereas the standing of the Japanese Grand Prix of Oct. 10 stays unsure, with race organisers set to make a name after the Summer season Olympics in Tokyo.
That prompted speak of COTA, a everlasting race facility which made its F1 debut in 2012, doubling up with a purpose to pad out the areas within the calendar. Final yr’s U.S. Grand Prix was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, throughout which period the circuit misplaced an estimated 95 % income.
Circuit boss Bobby Epstein stated two races in two weekends is straightforward to do if F1 decides it is the very best plan of action.
“So long as I put the phrase doable in entrance of it, then we’re good,” Epstein instructed ESPN. “‘A second race in Austin is feasible’ – I learn that and thought, properly that is true.
“A second race in Austin is a achieved deal – that isn’t true.
“But it surely’s simple to flip it in the event that they resolve they wish to and they should and it is the very best resolution for the game, they will make that call and we’re there for that.”
Epstein identified that, as a everlasting circuit, placing on a second race can be not a logistical problem.
“The actual fact we’re a everlasting race observe, that is simple.
“So then the query is while you take it from a race to an occasion. Now it’s a must to inform me what you need in that occasion, then I can inform you what I can do.
“We have hundreds of people that works these occasions, individuals who work concession stands, direct site visitors, clear up, arrange, no matter it’s. The demand we all know is right here, due to some nice progress within the sport in its reputation, the demand can be there and it might be pulled off”.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), which has not hosted an F1 race since 2007, has been mooted as one other potential venue for a stand-in 2021 race. Nonetheless, a circuit spokesperson instructed Racer Journal earlier this month discussions round that risk haven’t began.
Epstein stated he would don’t have any problem with IMS internet hosting a second U.S. race, even when it fell the week earlier than or after his occasion.
“If that is what’s greatest for them, that is what we wish. It is easy, then they do not should do the freight twice.
“We do not have the frost or freezing danger in Austin in October, it is simpler in Austin. But when the numbers look higher for F1, as a shareholder, they need to do what’s greatest for the game each in the long run and the quick time period.”