Tavo Hellmund, the organiser for the United States Grand Prix at the under-construction Austin site, has described Bernie Ecclestone’s artificial rain proposal as “brilliant”.

With Ecclestone having described it as potentially “easy” to fit a sprinkler system at “a number of tracks”, and one would evidently be the Hermann Tilke designed circuit in Texas, which will hold its inaugural Grand Prix in 2012.

Speaking with the American Statesman newspaper quotes Hellmund has described wet-weather racing is “compelling” and “spectacular”, adding that it showcases “true talent” in the sport.

All points we’re definitely not going to disagree with, until Hellmund went on to describe Bernie’s fake rain proposal as “brilliant”, adding that it would be straightforward to implement at the Austin site which “is in the beginning stages” of construction.

One wonders what motorsport purists like Murray Walker would make of this idea…

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Richard Bailey

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