More races, more teams, and a newly approved race circuit. Formula One is back to life with a newly approved circuit for future Formula One races.
The FIA, Formula One’s governing body, has officially confirmed that the New York-based Watkins Glen circuit has been approved by the FIA for future Formula 1 World Championship races.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting is convinced of the works done to the New York-based race circuit that they decided to label it as ‘one of the United States’ best ever racing circuits.
In addition, the director also hinted that Formula One racing could potentially return to New York in the coming years. However, the chance of the Watkins Glen circuit being added to the race calendar right away is very slim.
“I think the track looks marvellous,” Whiting said, via the GPToday. “I am really, really impressed with the work that has been done. It has been done to a very, very high standard, ” Whiting added, via the GPToday.
The New York-based Watkins Glen circuit hosted the US Grand Prix for 20 consecutive years between 1961 and 1980 before the race dropped off the calendar, and returned to Phoenix, Arizona. Every three years, Whiting visits the New York-based circuit for FIA inspection and safety standards.
Watkins Glen circuit last hosted Formula One event when former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR team owner Tony Stewart swapped cars for a promotional event in 2011.
Despite its endorsement as the next race circuit for future F1 races , the U.S. Grand Prix looks set to remain at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Whiting’s endorsement of Watkins Glen circuit comes at a time F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is looking to increase the number of F1-hosted races in US.
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