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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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Team Principals Speak on the State of F1

It’s a chilly Saturday morning here at Circuit of The Americas, and for the first time since 2005, only 9 teams will be qualifying for a grand prix.  A lack of finances at Caterham and Marussia has created a situation that provided the backdrop for one of the most revealing Q&A sessions with team principals representing both the front and what’s left of the rear of the grid.

As money takes center stage in any endeavor at the expense of it’s genuine focus, in this case. how can fans enjoy a pure competitive F1 experience?

Watching the interview from one team’s hospitality center, it is clear that the paddock is following this story closely in the hopes of keeping the sport about racing, and not just about the shrinking grid (transcript):



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America’s Return to Formula 1

Californian Alexander Rossi in FP2 at Circuit of The Americas photo: Caterham F1 Team

Circuit of The Americas has been building a home for Formula 1 in America, and this weekend marks the second year of the race in Austin, Texas.  Sellout crowds last year demonstrated how teams, drivers and fans have embraced F1’s newest circuit and surrounding city at this global sporting event.

Austin is in the exclusive company of 19 other cities around the world that will host an F1 race this year, and while signs this weekend are showing that America can produce an F1 event that attracts and builds an audience, there is still one thing missing:  A hometown hero.  Americans have been competing with the world on four wheels since the days of the first automobile, but more accessible opportunities to drive in US-based racing series have typically kept American driving talent closer to home in IndyCar and NASCAR.

Formula 1’s annual visit to Austin has now become a focal point for discussion around what it can do to bring the right opportunity for a driver to compete in front of a hometown audience.  In Friday’s first practice session, Caterham F1 Team’s reserve driver,  Californian Alexander Rossi, drove, besting his teammate Charles Pic by over half a second, and marked the first time an American drove in a grand prix weekend in front of his home audience in nearly six and a half years.

In attendance this weekend at the circuit are Alex’s family, friends, and many supporters, as well as the last American to win a title in Formula 1, Circuit of The Americas ambassador Mario Andretti, who said:

“Everyone seemed to be awaiting [Rossi’s session] . . . I came in this morning, and Helmut Marko (Red Bull Racing) approaches me and asked ‘Why don’t we have an American driver?   Do you know of any youngster maybe around 16 to 17 that you could see could be a good prospect?’  . . . The teams are beginning to think in those terms.”

Broadening a foundation of support for Formula 1 in America is a topic of much discussion in the paddock this weekend as sponsors and teams measure the impact that their appearances on and off the track have with the public.  Sponsorship is the lifeblood of racing, and conventional wisdom up and down the paddock is that the U.S. is a key market for the continued success of F1, with teams here actively looking for American opportunity and talent to compete at the highest level.  Mario continued:

“To have a venue like this now that is going to be hosting Formula 1, and a solid home in the United States – that can play a very big in my opinion in advancing that spirit.”

Corporate sponsorship has always been a key part of getting into F1 for any American driver, and while team budgets and use of technology has grown since Mario’s years of racing in the sport, for him, there’s something more about representing one’s country on the track:

“I remember when I was in Formula 1, there was a special, a different sort of pride that went along with bringing the results because you were making your country proud as well.  It was like being in the Olympics.”


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