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Sebastian Vettel tries New Jersey Formula 1 street track course

Sebastian Vettel New JerseySebastian Vettel became the first Formula 1 driver to sample the planned route of the proposed Grand Prix of America in New Jersey yesterday during an Infiniti PR stunt on Monday.

The reigning world champion drove an Infiniti IPL G Coupe round the 3.2-mile course in Weehawken and West New York, slated to hold a grand prix from the 2013 season.

"It's a pretty steep uphill and there are some nice corners up there, which makes it really fun to drive," Vettel told the Associated Press. "It's truly unique. And this [the Manhattan skyline] is unreal.

"Certainly the up and down aspect, with the elevation, that's something the drivers always enjoy. And you still have bumps built in even if you resurface, and that gives a little bit of soul to the course."

Although the circuit is yet to be officially confirmed for 2013 organisers have a 10-year deal to host F1 and construction has already begun in a select few areas.

Leo Hindery, a founding chairman and former CEO of the YES Network which is promoting the race, said Vettel's attendance also served as a riposte to rumours of financial struggles.

"I don't know where these rumours are coming from, but this race is going forward," he told USA Today. "If we had any doubt we wouldn't have brought Sebastian and all these people here today."

F1 is set to return to the US this year with a race at Austin, Texas. Indianapolis hosted the last grand prix in the US back in 2007.

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