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Haas F1 Team’s 2016 USGP Ticket Contest #Haastin

The United States Grand Prix is right around the corner (October 21 – 23), and Circuit of The Americas has provided America’s Formula 1 Team with a pair of tickets to give away for the highly anticipated upcoming debut of Haas F1 Team on home soil:

Announced today via the team’s twitter account, the video contest winner will receive a pair of tickets to the upcoming USGP in Austin. Using hashtag #Haastin to enter, fans can submit their video via twitter (here’s a how to guide) and show the team their impression of a lap around the 3.427 mi (5.513 km) circuit.  COTA’s 20 turns include an elevation change of 133 feet (41 m), and feature some of the best corners in the Formula 1 calendar, drawing inspiration from Silverstone’s esses through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel, Hockenheimring’s hairpin, and the infamous turn 8 at the Istanbul circuit.



Entry length will be limited to 2m 20s (max length currently allowable on twitter), and are due by this Sunday, September 25th, at 8:21pm EST.

So there you have it:  Do your lap in a French or a Spanish accent, or give it your best Santino Ferrucci impersonation if you’re going for a more reserve driver approach.  Channel your inner Romain Grosjean (#8) or Esteban Gutierrez (#21) and brake late, throttle early – may the best entry win.

As part of the team’s announcement, here’s a video to give some inspiration – good luck, and start your recording!


* This contest is for tickets only, travel and accommodations are not included.

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Northern California Site Considered for a Formula 1 Circuit

Circuit of The Americas founder Tavo Hellmund mentioned a new Formula 1 circuit was being considered somewhere in Northern California in an interview published by the Austin Statesman-American this evening. 

Hellmund told the Statesman that a Northern California party was interested in building a grand prix circuit and had approached him in the last year about the possibility.  While permits and additional land would be necessary, Hellmund feels the land would be a good location for a circuit, and good enough to send Formula 1 circuit experts Tilke GmbH to have a look at the site.

This news comes comes after two Formula 1 circuits Hellmund has been involved with recently hosted the United States Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Mexico in consecutive weekends.  Circuit of The Americas held its fourth USGP on October 25th amidst declining attendance figures, changing political climate towards the race, and severe weather, while Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez held an inaugural race after a 23 year absence from the Formula 1 calendar for a sold-out audience with over 330,000 attendees over the weekend in Mexico City.

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North America’s next Formula 1 Venue

Over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, American Tavo Hellmund spoke about a new Formula 1 circuit in the works.  Following recent comments by Bernie Ecclestone about a new Grand Prix “Out the California way“, Tavo mentioned to journalists over the weekend:

We’re looking at a project that’s probably two weeks away from being able to talk about it, then looking also maybe making an investment with a team.

Hellmund’s work on Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez brought about it’s first Formula 1 race there in 23 years, and following his work on Circuit of The Americas, would make this his third Grand Prix circuit in less than a decade.

When pressed for more details on the circuit’s location, Hellmund would not elaborate, stating only that it would be in North America.


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