USGP want alternative date for 2013

by Michelle Fortune , 06 December 2012

Organisers of the United States Grand Prix are seeking a change of date for 2013 due to a clash with a football game in Austin.

The United States Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2012 and the Circuit of the Americas is scheduled to host its second race on November 17, the day after The Texas Longhorns - the University of Texas' American football side play Oklahoma State in the city.

There are fears that the two events could put undue pressure on the city's transport and accommodation and Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein is hoping a new date can be found for the Formula 1 event.

"Circuit of the Americas has expressed our strong preference for an alternate race date in 2013," Epstein told the Austin American-Statesman.

"We understand that setting a global calendar can be very challenging, involves many factors and is out of our control. We feel confident that Formula One has taken our concerns seriously and is working earnestly towards a collective solution.

"Ultimately, our 2013 race date may remain as it currently stands."

An extended calendar was published on Wednesday with alternative dates far and few between due to the need to end the season in November.

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