US GP gets the green light

Date published: March 10 2016

Formula 1 will race at the Circuit of the Americas this season, putting to rest uncertainty about the race's future.

There has been concerns about the Austin race after COTA was hit with a double financial blow as state funding was cut and last year's race was a near wash-out.

The race was listed as 'subject to agreement' on the final calendar with COTA chairman Bobby Epstein announcing that the fifth edition of the grand prix will take place on October 23.

Added to that, he revealed that 10-time Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift would stage a special concert on the Saturday to mark the occasion.

"We are so happy to confirm F1's return to COTA as well as Taylor Swift’s headline performance. We can’t think of a better way to mark this important 5-year milestone for F1 in Austin," Epstein said.

"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 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1’s calendar.

"By combining the excitement of Formula 1, the fun of the festival, and a full concert by Taylor Swift, we ensure fans can enjoy the greatest sports and entertainment event of the year.

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