Good news from grand prix hosts Texas and Russia 4 August, 2012 Aug.4 (GMM) There is good news from new grand prix hosts in Austin, Texas as well as Sochi in Russia. Austin’s new Circuit of the Americas announced that three-day general admission tickets for its inaugural grand prix in November have sold out. US media reports said the venue estimates a whopping 120,000 spectators will attend on all three days of the race weekend. “Worldwide fan interest has been remarkable,” spokesman Geoff Moore said. And the Austin American Statesman newspaper said the first layers of track asphalt have been laid, concrete for the corner kerbs and pitwall poured, run-off gravel put down, and safety fencing is being installed. Progress is also being made in Russia, despite earlier fears the resort city Sochi might not be ready for its inaugural 2014 race date. Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak is quoted by the ITAR-TASS agency as saying the track will be ready for 2014, even though Sochi is also gearing up to host the winter Olympics. “We’ll be ready to host the first Russian Grand Prix, in October 2014,” he said in London. Subbed by AJN. Psych4191 So that adds 2 races we know of by 2014 in New Jersey and Russia.. Who gets left in the dust? Silverstone? Spa? Malaysia? Jody Renza Russia will be great venue…there are a few tracks WITHOUT spectators that can be dropped…which is not good for the image of F1 having empty stands..then the rumour is that South Africa will also be on the calender in the near future. Bec Spain loses 1 race from next season. For the last 3 years the circuit that has had the fewest spectators is Spa, but I doubt that will be dropped. South Korea may be dropped Mexico is gearing up for a race too ? 2 new Tilkedromes with Tarmac run-off? Matthias O’keeffe @Psych4191 Pls don’t say anything about Malaysia, dude… Malaysia has a contract till 2015.. So, we will be on the calendar for 2014.. Kimi4WDC I think Texas is going to be the bomb! Hope it will be so good that New York wont get a chance. Frankly no more street tracks please. Not sure about Russia, Sochi is not the best location – why not build mega circuit somewhere near Moscow so it can be utilized for other events + crowd and glamour are guaranteed. Hungary needs a major facelift.