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Formula 1: Adding a Second American Grand Prix

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The Formula 1 schedule has an opening for the 2021 schedule as the Singapore Grand Prix was canceled from the 2021 schedule. The U.S.A has already secured the Aramco United States Grand Prix for 2021 which is scheduled for October 22-24, but the Circuit of America CEO says they “absolutely” want to add a second race if the FIA are looking to add another race outside of Europe.

The U.S.A will have the debut of the Miami Grand Prix starting in 2022, The Circuit of America has hosted the latest F1 races in the U.S.A, however, there are a few other possible locations that the FIA could explore should they decide to add a second Grand Prix in the United States. The list of racecourses that have previously hosted, or could host Formula 1 races includes Watkins Glen, Long Beach, Indianapolis, Circuit of America, Sebring, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Riverside.

With the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19, there is a strong case for race organizers to hold multiple races in one country or city to minimize the travel required for all the F1 teams. This would be strongly advised with Formula 1 teams making the long trip from Europe to the United States in October.

There are plenty of possibilities for the FIA to explore should they decide to go ahead with a second race in the United States. The Circuit of America racecourse is already hosting the Indy Car series in 2021 so it would not require much in terms of preparation to host a Formula One race in 2021. Watkins Glen is also another strong candidate to host a Formula One race, Watkins Glen last hosted a Formula One race in 2013.

The Circuit of America has been the home to the American Grand Prix in recent years as the other tracks have only hosted the event once, it would make the most sense for them to hold back-to-back events as preparation for the 2021 American Grand Prix will already be in place and completed. The Circuit of America is a 20-turn race track that was purposely built for Formula 1 races. The 3.4 Mile track has all the necessary structures to hold an F1 event and the weather in Austin, Texas provides the flexibility to hold the race later in the season.

Previous American Tracks That Have Hosted Formula 1 Races

There have been 40 American Grand Prix races held at six tracks and although Circuit of America in Austin, Texas is the likely choice, this is what the other possible courses have to offer if selected for a Formula 1 race:

Sebring International Raceway – A 17-turn, 5.192-mile (8.356-kilometer) road course originally built as Hendricks Army Airfield, a World War II training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces in Sebring, Florida.

Riverside International Raceway – A nine-turn, 3.275-mile (5.271-kilometer) road course in Riverside, California. It also hosted the United States Grand Prix in 1958 before it was a part of the Formula 1 calendar.

Watkins Glen International – Was home of the race from 1961 through 1980. From 1961 to 1970, the race was held on the eight-turn, 2.35-mile (3.782-kilometer) version of the road course in Watkins Glen, New York. From 1971 to 1980, it was held on the updated 11-turn, 3.40-mile (5.472-kilometer) version.

Phoenix Street Circuit – The race was run on the 15-turn, 2.361-mile (3.800-kilometer) version of the track in 1989 and 1990 before the track was slightly altered to become a 15-turn, 2.312-mile (3.721-kilometer) street circuit in 1991.

 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – Also hosted the race from 2000 to 2007. The race was held on the 13-turn, 2.605-mile (4.192-kilometer) road course in Speedway, Indiana each year.

The decision is far from being made as to where a second American Formula One race would be held in 2021, but there is no shortage of choices for the FIA to choose from. The Circuit of America is the front runner to secure the second race if F1 does add another American race weekend.

Which American Track would you love to see get added by the FIA? Leave your favorite down in the comments below!

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