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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton really likes Austin.

“This race, the whole weekend, Austin, the city, the atmosphere, it’s been unbelievable,” said Hamilton. “It’s the only Grand Prix that I go out to dinner every single night. There is no other grand prix where I go out to dinner every single night.”

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New world race car champions were crowned in Austin this week and it was decided miles away from the Circuit of the Americas at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake.

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The U.S. Grand Prix is coming back to Austin, Circuit of the Americas officials announced Wednesday. Before the announcement, it was unknown whether the multi-million dollar racing facility would again host the country's only Formula One race.


There are cracks in what many thought was a rock-solid relationship between Circuit of the Americas and the sport it was built to host, Formula One.

While it’s certainly not over, the future of the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin looks a little murky.

Judi Radice Hays

A version of this story first ran Nov. 16, 2012.

Formula One events begin today at the Circuit of the Americas track.

F1 doesn’t have a huge following in the U.S. – it’s only in its second year in Austin – and a lot of people may not know the first thing about the sport. Here's what we learned about the basics.

First things first: what is the “formula”?


If you ever wanted to ride an Formula 1 track in your own car, the Circuit of the Americas is now selling the opportunity. A full-day private track rental goes for $55,000. Group rates are available at $2,500 per person.

"Response has been strong with more than 250 people expressing interest within the first few days of offering the experience online," Circuit Executive Vice President Bruce Knox said in a press release. 

For a sport that caters to people who commute by helicopter and drop $10,000 on bottle service, it's probably not shocking to see a $55,000 price tag attached to a single day of entertainment. But how does it stack up against the competition? We poked around and found out.