The team responsible for bringing Formula 1 racing back to the United States revealed the track layout for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Set to host the race from 2012 to 2021, the natural landscape and elevation of Austin has allowed Tilke GmbH to design a one-of-a-kind track.
“In the modern era of Grand Prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special,” said Tavo Hellmund, Chairman of Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. “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.”
“For the competitors, we’ll have all the ingredients necessary,” Hellmund 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.”
With a complete length of 3.4 miles, the track combines modern features with details reminiscent of traditional races from the 1960’s. The surrounding landscape will allow for a maximum elevation change of 133 feet, and the strategic combination of over 20 turns should please drivers and fans alike.
Details of the master plan and facilities will be revealed in the coming months.
For more information, visit www.formula1unitedstates.com.
[Source: Formula 1 United States Grand Prix]