Before the U.S. Grand Prix, the biggest question was whether Sebastian Vettel could make history and become the first driver in Formula One to win eight straight races in a single season.

He answered that easily Sunday, leading from start to finish and winning without a challenge in yet another walkover.

But the secondary question floating over the weekend was whether Austin would succeed as a venue after nine other locations in the United States in the past half century had failed to give the series a permanent home and national recognition in the world’s biggest economy.

While “two in a row” is a far more modest figure than Vettel’s winning streak, it appears after the second race here that Austin has veered away from the feared pattern of a new race’s succeeding in the first year, only to peter out thereafter.

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Austin Delivers A Second Straight Formula One Hit

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