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The United States Formula one, F1 Grand prix is the eighteenth race in the 2016 Formula one, F1 season in Elroy near Austin, Texas at the circuit of the Americas taking place on the 23rd October 2016.

The United States Grand Prix is a motor race which has been run on and off since 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The race later became part of the Formula One World Championship. Over 44 editions of the race have been held at 10 locations. Since 2012, the race has been held at the Circuit of the Americas in Elroy, Texas, roughly 12 miles (19 km) south of Austin.

In August 2009, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone remarked that there was no immediate plan to return Formula One to the US, vowing “never to return” to Indianapolis. Nevertheless, shortly before the first race of the 2010 season, Ecclestone continued to fuel speculation that a return to Indianapolis was not out of the question.  In March 2010, Ecclestone announced plans to bring a Formula One race to New York City for the 2012 season. Ecclestone was quoted as saying the race would take place across the Hudson River in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline overlooking the circuit. In May 2010, plans emerged for a circuit to be built in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, but those plans were abandoned shortly thereafter. A race in West New York and Weehawken was later announced in October 2011. In May 2010, it was announced that Monticello Motor Club – a circuit complex modelled on a private country club near Monticello – had submitted a bid for the rights to host the race.

On May 25, 2010, Austin, Texas, was awarded the race on a ten-year contract, as Ecclestone and event promoter Full Throttle Productions agreed to a deal beginning in 2012. The event is being held on a purpose-built new track, which was named Circuit of the Americas. German architect and track designer Hermann Tilke designed the new track on 800 acres (320 ha) of land to the east of the city. In July 2010, promoter Tavo Hellmund promised that the circuit would be one of the “most challenging and spectacular in the world” and that it would include a selection of corner sequences inspired by “the very best circuits” in the world.

On November 15, 2011, it was reported that construction of the circuit had been temporarily halted as the owners had not yet been awarded the contract to stage the race in 2012, following reports that Bernie Ecclestone had cast doubt on the race taking place. After Tavo Hellmund’s contract was found in breach by Ecclestone and a new contract was entered into between Formula 1 and the original track investors, Red McCombs and Bobby Epstein, the U.S. Grand Prix was confirmed to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin on the original scheduled date in 2012. Reigning champion Sebastian Vettel took pole for the 1st race at the Texas circuit but it was 2007 winner Lewis Hamilton who kept his unbeaten run in the USA as the two finished almost 40 seconds ahead of third.

The Grand Prix in Austin has proven to be a considerable success, thanks to the Texas capital’s growing reputation as a center of music and culture, its friendly citizens and unique atmosphere during the race weekend. It has been lauded from all quarters of Formula One.

The event in recent years has been plagued with declining fan attendance. With the return of the Mexican Grand Prix, many of the Formula 1 fans from Mexico will be attending the race in Mexico City. The race is however in jeopardy. On November 11, 2015, the Texas government cut nearly $6 million of the required $25 million in funding to host the event. After the events of the 2015 United States Grand Prix, it was a big blow to the funding of the event. The officials are ‘hopeful’ the event will continue despite the funding cuts.

The circuit of the Americas lies 13 kilometres away from Austin Bergstrom International airport (KAUS / AUS). The journey time by car is around 15 20 minutes subject to traffic.

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