The circuit has been criticised for being too unchallenging for the drivers and not worthy of the evocative name ‘Indianapolis’.
But American race fans have had plenty to complain about as well. The 2002 race was reduced to a farce as Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello tried to engineer a dead heat finish.
Three years later only six of the 22 cars started the race after the Michelin-shod teams were forced to withdraw for safety reasons.
The nine different venues that have held the Grands Prix in the United States are listed below. There are many other great tracks in America not yet visited by F1 – such as the fantastic Road America circuit.
The United States also has a healthy appetite for street circuits, which F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is keen to see more of on the F1 calendar.
So what venue would best suit the United States Grand Prix?
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – oval (1950-60)
Watkins Glen (1961-80)
Long Beach (1975-83)
Caeser’s Palace Hotel, Las Vegas (1981-2)
State Fair Park, Dallas (1984)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – road course (2000-)
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