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Old 06-05-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Austin set for June 17, 2012
F1 returns to US for 21-race 2012 season - Yahoo! News

That's just over one year from now, and looking at Austin's weather forcast for this week, the lowest high temperature predicted will be 98F (37C). I have a bad feeling about this.
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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my mom's birthday, June 17th. She passed from cancer last year. Im a big F1 fan so maybe it means something, I also live in the USA. Lets hope for the best.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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my mom's birthday, June 17th. She passed from cancer last year. Im a big F1 fan so maybe it means something, I also live in the USA. Lets hope for the best.
Sorry to hear about your mother.

Are you thinking of going to the Grand Prix?
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #4
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F1 racing in extreme heat isn't unusual so I don't expect any problems there.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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No Malaysia and Bahrain in the past must have been as hot or hotter.

And in Malaysia you have the extra factor of the humidity.

That should not be an issue.

More of an issue for me is, what will the track layout be like (hopefully not another bore fest of a modern circuit) and also how many people will turn up.
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:36 AM   #6
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I'm hoping I can make plans to make it to the race. I'm excited to see F1 returning to the US.

http://www.formula1.com/assets/pdf/F...wElevation.pdf
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:55 AM   #7
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I think the heat will cause people to think twice before showing up. This is how not to grow a product in a new(ish) market.
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:04 PM   #8
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I think the heat will cause people to think twice before showing up. This is how not to grow a product in a new(ish) market.
It's not a new, or even newish, market. They've been racing F1 cars in the States on and off for 50 years. It's an apathetic market and that's worse. Your point stands though. People only slightly interested in F1 aren't going to go to a race and swelter in 40 degree heat.

Until there is a top American driver in a top team I doubt F1 will ever take off in the States.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your mother.

Are you thinking of going to the Grand Prix?
Thank you, its been rough im only 29 and she was only 53. cancer. Well I would love to go but I live in California and that would be one really expensive trip! I actually live only 30 minutes from Infineon Raceway, too bad F1 doesnt race there. Nascar does, but obviously their speeds are much lower. But who knows maybe if i have lots of money in some years I will make a nice trip to Austin for F1. Especially if the track turns out to be great. I've never been to an F1 race in my life, surely I will have to go before my time is up.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:26 PM   #10
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We're making plans, but I"ve been to Austin many times in June. barring some extraordinary meteorological event, it will be brain scorching hot.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #11
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Ask CART fans what happened with crowds when they raced in Monterrey MX. The effect the heat has on the drivers isn't the concern, it's the fans sitting for hours watching the on track events that will break that event. I sure hope they are planning covered grandstands.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5098207&type=1

The grandstands are covered, mercifully!

I hope I don't have to go anywhere due to the Army. I'd love to attend.
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:57 PM   #13
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A rather different view regarding the proposed Formula 1 event in Austin than what makes it way into the world of race fora: Texas as a model for gutting government programs. One need not agree with the viewpoint that Johnston takes, but it is a point of view that rarely gets much of a mention in places such as this, where such mundane issues are easily dismissed or simply ignored.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:56 AM   #14
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Johnston had a few good points hotels, but made som false analogies reguarding the British Grand Prix (if UK had a monopoly on GP's in western Europe he'd have a point) and the races at Long Beach, Detroit, and Watkins Glen went on without F1 (Indy is a different story).
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:48 AM   #15
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Thank you, its been rough im only 29 and she was only 53. cancer. Well I would love to go but I live in California and that would be one really expensive trip! I actually live only 30 minutes from Infineon Raceway, too bad F1 doesnt race there. Nascar does, but obviously their speeds are much lower. But who knows maybe if i have lots of money in some years I will make a nice trip to Austin for F1. Especially if the track turns out to be great. I've never been to an F1 race in my life, surely I will have to go before my time is up.
I was lucky enough to go to the British GP in 2007 which wasn't the best race and 2008 which was very wet and a great race.

I would really urge you to go to a race, nothing beats the sounds, sights and smells.

I remember the first session I watched and after watching on TV for years, I thought I had an idea about fast they look, but seeing it live as they went into Copse and Stowe made me realise you have no idea how fast 190mph is until you are standing next to it.

Hope you get to see your first F1 race soon. Either in Austin or if F1 moves elsewhere in USA.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:21 AM   #16
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It sure beats the weather in Montreal today! I've been in Texas, but usually in the fall. If it's dry like Vegas or Phoenix in the summer...it shouldn't be an issue. I just don't like the humidity.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:54 PM   #17
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That track actually looks quite good. There is some extreme elevation changes and a healthy store of potential overtaking opportunities. Best of all, if that facebook link is anything to go by, it's not a typical American street track.
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #18
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It was 104F (40C) in Austin today. And that was with wind and clouds.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #19
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A lap of CotA +.
I could really do with a commentary that is not so anoying.
Just made a couple of courtesy holds for lodging. I'm in like Flintstone
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #20
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A rather different view regarding the proposed Formula 1 event in Austin than what makes it way into the world of race fora: Texas as a model for gutting government programs. One need not agree with the viewpoint that Johnston takes, but it is a point of view that rarely gets much of a mention in places such as this, where such mundane issues are easily dismissed or simply ignored.
I am familiar with the point of view expressed in the link. However, based on this, every state and country in the world should stop sponsoring high profile sports events such as Olympics or football cups in order to fund its education and social programs.

Overall, the article seems like a biased and misleading piece. The author can't conceal his left-ward bias despite trying to employ elaborate arguments. A lot of strange analogies are in there. For example, he seems to be unhappy that the track construction can costs as much as $22 million per mile and then mentions that building rural roads in a southern state costs no more than $6 million per mile. Excuse me, but how many miles long is a Formula 1 track? 1-2 miles? So this is built at the cost of only about 8 miles of rural roads or less? I would say the that that's not a bad trade-off at all in order to bring a world class sports event here. Strangely, Bernie Ecclestone is referred to as a "British Monopolist" and the event fee as a "monopoly fee". Say what? This is really perplexing. Is this time to call FTC and complain to them about "Formula 1" monopoly? While at it, we could also complain about IndyCar, NASCAR, and NBA monopolies and their monopoly fees.
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