COTA formally confirms 2016 US Grand Prix

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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Officials at the Circuit of the Americas have formally confirmed that it will host the 2016 United States Grand Prix, following months of uncertainty.

The event's future was in doubt after the 2015 running was beset by adverse weather conditions, a situation which was exacerbated by a cut in state funding after Texas reviewed its financial position.

That led to its position on the 2016 calendar issued by the FIA remaining provisional, but the circuit has now confirmed that this year's event will be held on the weekend of October 21-23.

"We are so happy to confirm F1’s return to COTA," said CEO and Chairman of the circuit Bobby Epstein.

"We can’t think of a better way to mark this important five year milestone for F1 in Austin.

"Since we first hosted this event in 2012, we have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that has allowed us to make significant annual improvements to the event that we are confident will continue to establish the United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1’s calendar.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, for what promises to be an amazing weekend."

Lewis Hamilton clinched his third world title at last year's United States Grand Prix.

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