Ricciardo: Possible loss of US GP in Austin “hurts”

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Daniel Ricciardo is dismayed by the uncertain future facing the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas following the state’s decision to cut the level of tax relief that the race receives.

Earlier this week, it was reported that officials in Texas would be cutting the state’s contribution for the race from $25 million to $19.5 million.

With the Circuit of The Americas’ hosting fee also rising and set to rise over the next six years, a growing financial hole has sparked concern about the future of the US GP, with track chairman Bobby Epstein telling the Austin-American Statesman: “I think we’re screwed.”

An outpouring of support for the US GP at COTA has followed on Twitter, and Ricciardo has become the latest figure to express his support for the race.

“Yeah it hurts,” Ricciardo told NBCSN. “I heard a few things already the last few months, it’s a bit in doubt or there’s a few question marks.

“I don’t know. I’ll start some form of petition to keep it! I feel bad. All the Australians are probably saying ‘you’re Australian, don’t forget!’. Okay, Australia’s got a bit of a secure future in Formula 1 now.

“I don’t know about Austin. For me, it’s awesome. I know all the drivers love it. Otherwise I’ll plan holidays and keep going back there!

“But I want to race there. We’ll do what we can. I’ll try and help out if I can one way or another.”