Home to the new USGP at Austin, the Circuit of The Americas — fighting the calendar to finish track construction and highway improvements by November — says it will start accepting personal set licenses (PSLs) this month. The licenses are priced from US$1,000 to $5,000 and apply to the main grandstands, which appropriately are the only ones scheduled for completion before the inaugural race, for all racing events at the circuit for the next 15 years.
Is there any other F1 venue that has adopted a PSL model for seating? Not as far as we know. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky calls PSLs “one of the most disgusting concepts in the long-rotten history of attempting to fleece the consumer.” Par for the course that in Formula One, already the most expensive spectator sport in the world, fans will be required to sign up for rights to all races at the Austin circuit just to have the right to buy tickets to the Grand Prix. Must make Bernie proud!