US GP reveals Austin track layout
|By Matt Beer||Wednesday, September 1st 2010, 13:17 GMT|
The team behind the new United States Grand Prix venue in Austin, Texas have revealed the track layout for the circuit that will host the race.
Designed by F1 track architect Hermann Tilke, the 3.4-mile course features over 20 corners and substantial elevation changes. A statement from the US GP organisers said the circuit "combines modern features with details reminiscent of traditional races from the 1960s."
US GP boss Tavo Hellmund said the intention was to create a track that was both state of the art and inspired by classic F1 venues of the past. In addition to the gradients, the Austin track will feature several sweeping corners as well as the long straights into tight bends that have become synonymous with Tilke's designs.
"In the modern era of grand prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special," said Hellmund.
"It will have many of the elements of previous 'classic' circuits combined with the benefits of FIA-mandated safety for the competitors and spectators alike. Add in the amenities fans have come to expect, like rare, multiple-turn viewing opportunities for added value, and you have an ideal, world-class venue."
Hellmund is confident that the circuit will prove popular with drivers.
"For the competitors, we'll have all the ingredients necessary," he said. "You'll see fast turns that require commitment from the drivers and technical turns that will test the engineers from a set-up point of view.
"We have a good deal of elevation to make it not only scenic but challenging also, and the view of downtown Austin is wonderful as well."
Austin has secured a 10-year contract to host the US GP from 2012, in a deal that will end Formula 1's five-year absence from America since parting company with previous US venue Indianapolis. Construction work on the Austin site has yet to begin.