Formula One is set to return to the USA. Bernie Ecclestone has announced that the first US race in the new regime will take place at Austin, Texas during the 2012 season.
The deal is for ten years, and a purpose built track will be constricted to accommodate it. Rather than use oval tracks as in previous attempts to launch Formula One in America, the new track will be world class and will be designed exclusively for the formula from the ground up.
The last time that a Grand Prix was held in the USA was in 2007. This was staged at the Indianapolis Speedway circuit and the race was won by Lewis Hamilton. Since them there has been considerable pressure on Bernie to return to the United States. This has come mainly from the teams, manufacturers and sponsors who see the USA as one of their biggest markets.
This weekend sees the Turkish Grand Prix and this race will beg many questions. Jenson Button thinks that he has overcome most of his teething problems following his move to McLaren and is hoping for a good race. His car has a number of aerodynamic upgrades, but he is not sure that he can get close to Red Bull.
Alonso has also expressed doubt that his Ferrari can get anywhere close to the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Weber. He said that it was tough to do anything with the Red Bulls being so dominant.
Similar sentiments were expressed by the other Ferrari drive Felipe Massa, though there is increasing speculation of an imminent split between him and his team.
The favourite to win this weekend’s race is Sebastian Vettel at 2/1 with Sporting Bet.