Austin's first grand prix last year was hailed as a huge success, helped in large part by the fact that it was decided with a pass for the lead in the closing stages as Lewis Hamilton's long chase of Sebastian Vettel paid off.
On-track passes for first place are now - rightly or wrongly - much more common in the DRS and high-degradation tyre era.
Once mid-race pitstops became mandatory with the reintroduction of refuelling in 1994, fans became rather too accustomed to the final pitstops settling grand prix outcomes.
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