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US Grand Prix boss favours artificial rain

ESPNF1 Staff
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US Grand Prix organiser Tavo Hellmund with his construction force on the site of the new race track © US Grand Prix

2012 US Grand Prix organiser Tavo Hellmund has admitted he thinks Bernie Ecclestone's idea to spice up Formula One with artificial rain is "brilliant".

Ecclestone said it would be "easy" to ready the irrigation systems at "a number of tracks", and one of them could be the venue currently under construction in Texas.

The Austin American Statesman reported that Hellmund thinks the idea is "brilliant", adding that wet weather racing is "spectacular". He added: "True talent always shines in the wet. The smaller teams should rejoice as rain is the ultimate equalizer, eliminating size of budgets and allowing pure talent to shine."

He said that because Austin was in the early stages of construction it would be possible to incorporate the required sprinklers.