Bernie Ecclestone is charging $25m (£17m / €20.29m) for the first United States Grand Prix in 2012
Local newspaper the Austin American-Statesman claims the local government is putting forward the money for the race. The money comes from a pot used to fund major sporting events such as the Super Bowl.
The race promoters intend to pay future race-hosting fees using the funds raised from previous events. Assuming Ecclestone’s typical annual ‘escalator’ for race hosting fees of 7%, that would mean they need to raise $26.75m from this year’s race to pay for next year’s.
Construction of the track, estimated to cost $250m, will not be paid for from public funds.
At present every race on the F1 calendar is supported by government money in some way, apart from the British Grand Prix.
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