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  1. Negotiations fall through in potential COTA sale: http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/negotiations-fall-through-in-potential-cota-deal/
  2. F1 driver Jules Bianchi dies from injuries sustained in crash at Japanese Grand Prix http://gu.com/p/4ancf/stw
  3. Two U.S. teams on the F1 grid in 2016? It could happen http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/two-us-teams-on-the-f1-grid-in-2016-it-could-happen/
  4. COTA GM/Senior VP Mel Harder OUT. Position eliminated: http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2015/Jun/150622vand.htm#.VYhxf8e9oZA.twitter
  5. Things really heat up in the comments section... "Is it time for another anti-COTA story yet?" http://www.formula1blog.com/f1b-op-ed/is-it-time-for-another-anti-cota-story-yet/
  6. The IndyCar opener in Brazil was cancelled, so now they're looking for somewhere to kick off their season. Looks like one of the possibilities is COTA... http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/113037-indycar-series-working-on-contingency-plan-after-brazil-cancellation
  7. IndyCar decides not to replace cancelled Brazil race: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/2015/02/02/indycar-passes-on-brasilia-replacement/22766283/
  8. Sylt: Ecclestone Confirms Mexican Grand Prix Will Return In 2015... http://www.forbes.com/sites/csylt/2014/07/22/ecclestone-confirms-mexican-grand-prix-will-return-in-2015/ Mr Ecclestone first revealed the plan to bring F1 back to Mexico City in February last year in an interview with American motoring magazine Autoweek. It was also confirmed by sources who spoke to F1 website Pitpass and, since then, then plan has become reality. Mr Ecclestone confirmed to Forbes that it has got the green light and said “we have got Mexico past the post.” The race is due to be announced a press briefing in Mexico on Wednesday morning and it is expected to take place late next year. It will be held at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez which last hosted an F1 race in 1992. The plan to revive the Mexican Grand Prix has the backing of an all-star management team which is driven by two key figures. The first is Tavo Hellmund the creator and mastermind of the F1 USGP and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. His counterpart in Mexico is Alejandro Soberon, chief executive of the world’s third largest live entertainment company CIE. The team members include Carlos Slim Domit who sits on the FIA’s decision-making body the Senate and is son of the world’s richest man Carlos Slim, George Gonzalez chief executive of CIE subsidiary Ocesa, and Federico Alaman, president of motorsports for Ocesa. They aren’t the only driving forces behind the race. ... The annual hosting fee for the Mexican Grand Prix is estimated at $30 million. However, despite his wealth, which Forbes estimates at $80 billion, Mr Slim is not believed to be bankrolling the race according to Pitpass. It will take the F1 calendar to 20 races which is a limit it has only hit once before in 2012. ...
  9. 2015 Mexican Grand Prix

    “@TomClarksonF1: Sims predict 328kph top speed along pit straight, 2nd fastest ave.. of year, after Monza #MexicanGP”
  10. 2015 Mexican Grand Prix

    Mexico City press tour pics... Here's the Foro Sol, the old baseball stadium where the old track will divert to avoid using the entire Peraltada. Pit building under construction, shot from the paddock side.
  11. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/is-america-s-only-formula-one-track-in-trouble
  12. BTW, the decline in F1 attendance this year also follows a decline from 2012.
  13. Here is the fantastic Spanish TV documentary about Fernando Alonso's last race for Ferrari. Part 1 was posted in an earlier thread that has since been locked. Most of the audio is in Spanish. Originally, the videos were posted without English subtitles. Part 1 was translated some time ago. Part 2 has been translated and was posted today. Enjoy! I did. It's something I think many of you will enjoy, whether or not you're a fan of Alonso or Ferrari, imho, because it provides such a great look behind the scenes at what a driver's life is really like during an F1 GP weekend. Part 1: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k4yzEP2JVbwhhf9x4r2 Part 2: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2d07ge_fernando-alonso-documentary-my-last-race-at-ferrari-part-2_tv
  14. I don't think it did. At least not on race day. There were a fair amount of empty seats in Ft. Worth, but they have a whole lot more seats than COTA does. Two to three times as many. I remember looking it up at the time, and while that NASCAR race didn't sell out, it still had about 120-130K folks on hand iirc. Also, the U.S's lone F1 race should outdraw one race on the long NASCAR schedule.
  15. Monster truck sets world speed record at COTA: http://circuitoftheamericas.com/blog/2014/12/15/raminator-monster-truck-sets-guinness-world-records-speed-record-at-circuit-of-the-americas
  16. 2015 USGP tickets going on sale this Wednesday: http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/motor-sports/sale-date-moves-up-for-us-grand-prix-tickets/njSJm/
  17. 2015 Mexican Grand Prix

    Sorry I haven't posted lately! Mexican GP moving along. Charlie Whiting has made his second walk-through at Circuito Hermanos Rodriguez.
  18. 2014 F1 USGP

    Following is a link to NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive motorsports coverage surrounding the F1 U.S. Grand Prix this weekend ... and a list I made, with a couple things added in and times converted to CST. http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/27/nbc-sports-group-to-present-comprehensive-coverage-of-formula-one-united-states-grand-prix-on-nbc-nbcsn-this-weekend/ ************Times are Eastern. (I've converted all times to CST in parenthesis):************ Date Coverage Network Wed., October 29 Lewis Hamilton on the TODAY Show NBC 8am-noon (7am- 11am) Thurs., October 30 Off The Grid (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m. (6pm) “1” – F1 Documentary NBCSN 7:30 p.m. (6:30pm) Road To Mercedes (Premiere) NBCSN 10 p.m. (9pm) Road to Ferrari (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m. (10pm) /DRIVE on NBCSN (Encore) NBCSN midnight (11pm) /DRIVE on NBCSN (Encore) NBCSN 12:30 a.m. (1130pm) Road To Mercedes (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m. (midnight) Off the Grid: Budapest (Encore) NBCSN 2 a.m. (1am) Off the Grid: Singapore (Encore) NBCSN 2:30 am (1:30am) Fri., October 31 Off The Grid (Encore) NBCSN noon F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBCSN 12:30 p.m.[ (11:30pm)/B] Road To Mercedes (Encore) NBCSN 2 p.m. (1pm) F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 3 p.m. (2pm) F1 Countdown NBCSN 4:30 p.m. (3:30pm) F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore) NBCSN 11:30 p.m. (10:30pm) Sat., November 1 F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 3 & Qualifying NBC Noon (11am) F1 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 12:30 a.m. (11:30pm) Sun., November 2 (In Austin) KXAN Extended Coverage: 1:30 p.m (1230pm) F1 Countdown NBCSN 2 p.m. (1pm) F1 Countdown NBC 2:30 p.m. (130pm) F1 United States Grand Prix NBC 3 p.m. (2pm) F1 Extra NBC 5 p.m. (4pm)
  19. Both Caterham and Marussia in Danger of Missing USGP? http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/marussia-also-in-danger-of-missing-us-gp-reports/
  20. 18-Car Field for USGP in Austin?

    KARMA! Even without reading the links it doesn't surprise me....Caterham is on the verge of bankruptcy and Marussia probably would have only fielded one team due to the Bianchi incident. I think Marussia's going into administration now as well...
  21. 18-Car Field for USGP in Austin?

    Oh, and Vettel's sitting out qualifying, so 17 cars for Q1...
  22. 18-Car Field for USGP in Austin?

    Yep. 18 cars for Austin. Ecclestone confirms both Caterham and Marussia will miss the USGP: http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/17581/9533332/bernie-ecclestone-confirms-both-caterham-and-marussia-will-miss-the-us-gp
  23. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/audi/89171/audi-to-join-f1-in-2016#.VEpw_itHacA.twitter http://m.motoring.com.au/news/2014/audi/audi-for-formula-one-47037
  24. Las Vegas GP? http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/motor-racing/f1-plans-trip-to-las-vegas-for-grand-prix-on-the-strip-9803084.html
  25. I like the idea of the canopy for added safety, or something like the Lola concept shown, but if it were a deceleration injury it may not have done much good in this case. Could help a lot in other less severe, lower-energy collisions though. For example, when Alonso was nearly hit in the head or even maybe decapitated by the Lotus at Spa. That Lotus design would probably help quite a bit in a scenario like that one, or when there's flying debris. I like the look of open-cockpit cars as much as the next guy, but I have wondered for years why F1 sticks to them so fiercely. The cars are incredibly safe and strong otherwise, yet we insist on exposing drivers' heads. Makes no sense to me.