Andretti: COTA “can be fixed home of US Grand Prix”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mario Andretti, Circuit of the Americas, 2012In the round-up: Mario Andretti sees a bright future for the Circuit of the Americas as the home of the United States Grand Prix.

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Mario Andretti finds a place to park his F1 American Grand Prix dream (The Guardian)

“Now this can be the fixed home of the US Grand Prix. And I think that fact will see the event not only surviving but thriving in the future. It’s a great host city and I think the track, borrowing a bit from Silverstone here, a little of Hockenheim there, will go down great with the drivers.”

La Ferrari prova tutte le novita ad Idiada (Omnicorse, Italian)

Omnicorse reports Ferrari conducted one of their allotted days of straight-line aerodynamic testing at Idiada on Saturday in preparation for the last two races of the season.

Against all odds, F1 track has been built, ready to host race (Austin-American Statesman)

“[Bobby] Epstein said he looked at [the contract], focused on the higher-than-expected annual sanctioning fees over a 10-year period and thought: This deal is dead. ‘I read it and gave it back,’ Epstein recalled. [Bernie] Ecclestone suggested Epstein take a copy. ‘I don?t need a copy, I know what it said. It?s a deal-killer,’ Epstein said.”

Mercedes blip ‘necessary for future’ (Autosport)

Norbert Haug: “We certainly do not get the full benefit of this Coanda technique currently. You cannot get that after two or three races.”

F1 ace Damon Hill in Kent fundraising Down?s syndrome talk (Kent News)

“It will be an emotional evening when Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill opens his heart to a Kent audience about the trauma of discovering your child has Down?s Syndrome.”

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Kimi Raikkonen came close to signing for Williams this year – Dd42 wonders what might have been:

Is anyone else wondering ‘what if?’ with Raikkonen to Williams? I think if he?d been there he could have still won a race this year, I?d like to see how many times he would out-qualify Maldonado over a season. I?m 100% sure Raikkonen would have massively outscored Maldonado and Williams would be much higher in the constructors. I?m also interested in seeing who’s quicker over a single lap between Grosjean and Maldonado?
Dd42

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