Austin reveals United States Grand Prix circuit design

By Gareth Llewellyn
austin grand prix layout
The Austin circuit has been designed by regular track architect Hermann Tilke

austin grand prix layout

The circuit design for the new United States Grand Prix in Austin has been revealed by race promoter Tavo Hellmund.

The circuit, which is being purpose-built for grand prix racing by regular track architect Hermann Tilke, appears to be an anti-clockwise configuration bearing similarities to Silverstone, Hockenheim, and Istanbul.

An in-depth look at the circuit sees turns three to six similar to Maggots and Becketts at Silverstone, turns 12 to 15 a nod to the stadium section of Hockenheim, while turns 16 to 18 are modelled on Turn 8 at Istanbul, with the design offering three major opportunities for drivers to overtake.

The track is not entirely borrowed from other circuits, however, with Turn 1—an uphill hairpin—its ‘signature’ corner.

“It should be nice,” said Hellmund. “I think drivers and fans should really like it. 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.

“It will have many of the elements of previous ‘classic’ circuits and amenities fans have come to expect in an ideal, world-class venue. We have a good deal of elevation to make it not only scenic but also challenging – and the view of downtown Austin is wonderful as well.

He added: “In the modern era of grand prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special.”

Initial reaction to the layout has been mixed, with some supporters condemning its ‘copycat’ nature, which was emphasised by Hellmund.

Construction is expected to begin in December and be completed by June 2012 ahead of its inaugural race.


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