Austin has bits of F1 classics Suzuka, Silverstone, Turkey and Hockenheim

15 November, 2012

Mark Sutton (GBR) Sutton Images at turn one. Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, Wednesday 14 November 2012.

Mark Sutton at Turn 1 during a recce walk around Circuit of the Americas

Nov.15 (GMM) According to the buzz in the brand-new Circuit of the Americas paddock, Formula One’s often-criticised circuit designer Hermann Tilke has penned a memorable layout for the sport’s American comeback to the grand prix calendar.

Pit building. Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, Wednesday 14 November 2012.The most obvious feature of the Austin layout at first glance is the steep uphill turn one,  after which the course emulates Silverstone’s famous Becketts section.

“Turns three and four,” agreed Mark Webber. “And later on it’s a little like Suzuka in Japan, which drivers love,” the Red Bull driver told local broadcaster KVUE.

Engine supplier Renault’s Remi Taffin picks up the theme.

” [Austin] has replicated some of the most challenging corners we have visited, including the Suzuka esses and Turn 8 from Istanbul.”

McLaren’s Jenson Button added: “I can even see a bit of the Hockenheim infield too.”

Designer Tilke told the DPA news agency that his Austin layout is “one of the most difficult” for drivers that he has penned.

Circuit view. Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Austin, Texas, Wednesday 14 November 2012.“We wanted to do something special so we have taken advantage of every hill. It is constantly up and down and with fast corner combinations,” he said.

Speaking to Germany’s Sport1, former F1 driver Alex Wurz likens “the first half” of the Austin layout to “a roller-coaster ride, with everything at high speed”.

The Austrian suggested that the layout will probably suit Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull more than the Ferrari driven by his title rival Fernando Alonso.

But Jules Bianchi, who last weekend tested Austin-bound improvements for Alonso’s F2012, told Marca newspaper that the Ferrari should be “competitive” in the US.

“Everyone at the factory has been working for it and we should be competitive here,” said the Frenchman.

“It’s full of high speed corners, the start is like the Suzuka esses, but there are also many slow corners, and some big braking areas,” he added.

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  • f1 fan

    oh boy!! the irst corner is like climbing a hill ! :P

  • hillside

    in simple words. this track is a copy cat

  • grat

    @hillside… By that theory, so is all music, since there are only a limited number of combinations, and most of them have been used already.

    Austin has familiar chords, but a different arrangement and tempo.

    While the corners may look a bit familiar, the terrain, the previous corner, and the next corner, all means it’s a completely new experience for the drivers

  • Butterfly

    Great track.

  • fools

    The elevation is a huge challenge itself.

    Where else do you get an uphill long straight turning left on a down hill blind corner? exactly…

  • vnbrtzl

    Stadium F-1. Of all the wonderful terrain in our country, ready made, why here ?

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