Bobby Epstein says he is now “highly confident” the Circuit of The Americas will be given a new contract to host the United States Grand Prix.

That represents an upgrade from nearly a month ago, when the track’s chairman was “pretty optimistic” the Austin venue would remain on the Formula 1 schedule.

For the 2022 calendar released recently, the US GP had an asterisk alongside it – along with Imola, Barcelona and Singapore – to denote the race was subject to a contract being finalised.

Progress appears to have been made during this year’s visit to Texas, and frankly it would be a big surprise if a new arrangement was not rubber-stamped given the success of a grand prix weekend that attracted 400,000 fans and featured a thrilling race won narrowly by Max Verstappen from Lewis Hamilton.

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