Ecclestone believed it was a non-issue.
“I’ve also spoken to the people that run the race at COTA and their position is that they believe the NASCAR crowd is a different crowd to Formula One, different people, different customers,” Ecclestone said. “At the end of the day, they run a domestic series in America — we run a world championship.”
F1 requires considerable logistical planning by the teams, he said.
“We’ve a small problem they (NASCAR) don’t have — we have six jumbo jets to move around all our equipment, and we have to find the most sensible way to use them to do that,” Ecclestone said. “We have to be efficient and bear in mind we may also encounter problems at an airport.
“There are issues that can occur, but (Gossage) and other people do not realize these things. The race prior to the one in the U.S. is in Russia, in Sochi. We’ve never been before, and we have to get out of there and into Austin. That is probably a lot easier than trying to get into Brazil, and then we have to get out of there (Sao Paulo) to go to Abu Dhabi.”
Gossage said F1 could have found another weekend to race in the U.S.
“It’s just not smart,” he said. “There’s 52 weeks in the year. But that was the only weekend that Formula One could make it work in Austin, Texas. Give me a break.”
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