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2016 United States GP confirmed to be going ahead at COTA

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The 2016 United States Grand Prix will go ahead as planned at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on October 23 following uncertainty about the future of the race.

After a washout of a race in 2015 and a subsequent cut in funding from the state of Texas, the race at COTA was listed as being “subject to agreement” on the final calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Circuit chairman Bobby Epstein has been working to ensure that F1 would remain in Austin, leading to today’s announcement that an agreement had been struck with the series.

As a result, the 2016 United States GP has the green light for what will be its fifth edition at COTA.

To celebrate, the circuit today announced that 10-time Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift will be performing a special concert at COTA on the Saturday of the race following qualifying.

“We are so happy to confirm F1’s return to COTA as well as Taylor Swift’s headline performance. We can’t think of a better way to mark this important 5-year milestone for F1 in Austin,” Epstein said.

“Since we first hosted this event in 2012, we have gained a lot of knowledge and insight that has allowed us to make significant annual improvements to the event that we are confident will continue to establish the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix as the standout race weekend on F1’s calendar.

“By combining the excitement of Formula 1, the fun of the festival, and a full concert by Taylor Swift, we ensure fans can enjoy the greatest sports and entertainment event of the year.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, for what promises to be an amazing weekend.”

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”