Sir Jackie Stewart has questioned the health of the 2012 US grand prix project. A site east of the Texan capital Austin is scheduled to host F1’s return to America next November.
However construction delays and internal ructions within the organising body have dogged the return, and another US round – a street race in New York – has now been announced for the 2013 Formula One season.
Circuit designer Hermann Tilke, however, insists that Austin is on track for 2012, and the F1 Commission last Thursday re-confirmed the 2012 calendar as it was published by the FIA.
But the digital magazine Houston Culturemap quoted triple world champion Stewart as saying in India recently: “I am a little bit confused; there seems to be a sudden silence about Austin.
“I haven’t heard a word about Austin for months now. I am assuming that it is still very much on, but you would have thought with only 12 months to go there would be something going on.”