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F1 confirms new long-term deal for popular venue

Formula 1 will continue to visit the Circuit of the Americas in Austin until at least the 2026 season, it has been confirmed.

Formula 1 has announced a new five-year deal for the United States Grand Prix to be held at the Circuit of the Americas. Following an enforced break due to the pandemic, F1 returned to COTA during the 2021 season, with a record-breaking crowd of 400,000 fans turning up to watch title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton go head-to-head for victory. It compares to a crowd of some 100,000 spectators for the first Grand Prix at the venue back in 2012, with F1 enjoying strong growth across the United States, thanks in part to the Netflix series Drive to Survive.

F1 delighted with new deal at "driver-favourite" COTA

F1 boss Stefano Domenicali expressed his delight at the new deal as the sport continues to build a presence in the US. "We are thrilled to be announcing the extension with the Circuit of the Americas ahead of the exciting new 2022 season," he said. "I want to thank the promoter for their ongoing dedication and enthusiasm for Formula 1, where together we are continuing to grow the excitement around our sport in the US following the huge success of Netflix, the work of [television broadcaster] ESPN, and the incredible season we had in 2021. "Austin is a great city, and the track is a favourite for all the drivers, and we cannot wait to be back in October for more action and entertainment." The 2022 US Grand Prix is scheduled to take place from 21-23 October.

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