• US Grand Prix

Austin organisers happy with date change

ESPNF1 Staff
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An aerial view of the circuit in June © Sutton Images

Organisers of the 2012 US Grand Prix are confident that Bernie Ecclestone's proposed date change for next year's event will not affect their eligibility for state funding.

After Ecclestone said the race in Austin will move from June to November on next year's calendar, promoter Tavo Hellmund confirmed it was the date "I have been hoping for". But a side-effect of the change is that, due to the wording of the Texan legislation, the $25 million state funding for the project can only be released one year before the event takes place.

The Circuit of the Americas has already applied for the funding on the basis of the June date, but the organisers are confident that switching to November will not be a major setback.

"While we have not fully analysed the implications of a potential change in race dates, we believe that any such change, if implemented by FIA, will not affect the eligibility of the Formula One event for the Major Event Trust Fund, but would merely affect the timing," said circuit organising committee board member Wayne Hollingsworth in a statement. "And if the event date does in fact change, per the statutory requirements, we will update our application based on the new date and look forward to receiving approval later this year."