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 1Ã¢â‚¬â€an uphill hairpinÃ¢â‚¬â€its Ã¢â‚¬ËœsignatureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ corner.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It should be nice,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Hellmund. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœcopycatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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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