Organisers for the Texas-based 2012 United States Grand Prix have got off on the right foot by missing the deadline to lodge the design of its circuit with the FIA, Formula 1’s governing body.

When unveiling the Hermann Tilke-penned circuit design to the media, event promoter Tavo Hellmund boasted that the Austin circuit layout would be submitted to the FIA’s Austin GP circuit layoutCircuits Commission by mid-September but the self-imposed deadline has, according to the Austin Business Journal, been missed.

The FIA’s Roger Peart confirmed that the Tilke GmbH has not yet submitted the circuit plans in time for the Commission’s meeting on September 14, and it is unlikely that the Commission will meet again until the New Year.

But this hardly a nail in the coffin for the event, according to the event’s spokesman, with organisers theoretically able to delay submitting their plans until well into next year.

Hermann Tilke “We look forward to breaking ground in December and hosting a race in 2012,” the spokesperson said. “We are working hand-in-hand with the FIA. We plan to deliver final plans in the next couple of months.”

And given the seemingly enormous difficulties that the Korean Grand Prix project is still having to get its venue finished in time for its maiden Grand Prix in just over a fortnight’s time, Hermann Tilke has himself played down any suggestions that the Austin project won’t have enough time to be finished.

“We are used to working under time pressure. That doesn’t threaten us,” he told the American Statesman.

[Original image via ESPN F1]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.