Formula 1 Is Real Winner With Successful Return to U.S.


  • United States Grand Prix - Racing

    United States Grand Prix - Racing

    F1 racing may never outpace football in Texas, but the Monday morning quarterbacks said that Formula 1's return to the U.S. was a success. | November 19, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Lewis Hamilton took home the top prize at the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday, but the real winner was the Formula 1 series, which staged a successful return to the U.S.
  • Ratings data for the U.S. Grand Prix won't be available until at least Tuesday, according to the Speed network, the cable channel that carries Formula 1 in the U.S., but reaction to the event has been positive.
  • "This is one of the best, if not the best, Grand Prix we have had all year," Hamilton said in a posting on the Circuit of the Americas Web site.

AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton took home the top prize at the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday, but the real winner was the Formula 1 series, which staged a successful return to the U.S.

Ratings data for the U.S. Grand Prix won't be available until at least Tuesday, according to the Speed network, the cable channel that carries Formula 1 in the U.S., but reaction to the event has been positive.

"This is one of the best, if not the best, Grand Prix we have had all year," Hamilton said in a posting on the Circuit of the Americas Web site.

A jam-packed crowd at the new Circuit of the Americas was treated to a compelling two-car duel that ended when Lewis Hamilton overtook Sebastian Vettel with 14 laps to go and went on to win the U.S. Grand Prix Sunday. But the real star was the Circuit of the Americas and Formula 1's successful return to racing in the U.S.

"That it made its return was in no small way helped by the race's taking place at the first purpose-built circuit in the United States," said The New York Times.

The victory was Hamilton's fourth this year and his second straight in the U.S. GP, which was last contested in 2007 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The return of F1 to the United States was a heavily hyped event that lived up to expectations at the shining new 3.4-mile track built especially to lure the global grand prix circuit back to America. The race was lauded for its competition and passing, making it more like NASCAR than what some observers said was the "processional" style of Formula 1 racing of the past.

Drivers struggled with getting traction on the new pavement, but put on an entertaining race on Sunday with only a handful of minor incidents and plenty of competitive dicing, including a man-to-man fight between Vettel and Hamilton, the top two qualifiers, that lasted throughout most of the race.

Hamilton, who will leave McLaren to drive for the Mercedes F1 team next year, has won four races this year but is out of the hunt for this year's F1 title. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari kept the title fight with Vettel alive by finishing 3rd. The championship will be decided Sunday in the Brazilian GP at Sao Paulo.

Hamilton is the first driver to win a U.S. Grand Prix at two different tracks since the late Ayrton Senna, who won at Detroit and Phoenix. Austin's new track is the 10th to host a U.S. GP.

Edmunds says: It was a historic day for F1 in America, and Hamilton and Vettel put on a show worthy of the occasion for a large and appreciative audience.

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