Americans won't watch Formula One. Why the hell are you having a race in Texas? Who would schedule an F1 race opposite football? Who would schedule an F1 race on the same weekend as the big NASCAR race? There are no Americans. Texans have no one to root for. Who would possibly show up?
Well, 117,429 people showed up to the race according to figured provided by the Circuit of the Americas press office, with 265,499 for the entire three-day period. Compare that to barely 50,000 for Abu Dhabi and 114,900 for race day in Australia and Austin is far from the least attended race. Many of those on hand had hometown boy in Sergio Perez, who comes from a place closer to Austin than most of the U.S.