F1 » New US GP track named Circuit of the Americas

The track that will welcome F1's return to the United States in 2012 has been officially baptised the 'Circuit of the Americas' - and is being lauded as a world-class, multi-purpose venue

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sokudo - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 10:47 AM

@ 2PAC, Tilke is designing the circuit. However, this track looks promising. He has been given more freedom by Bernie this time and it's got a ton of elevation changes so it should be like a lot of American road courses and I think they're pretty good and very different to what we usually see in Formula 1.


April 13, 2011 11:32 AM

2pac. i wouldnt blame tilke entirely. he is given strict guidelines and a flat site. he then has to do his best within these restrictions. size and shape of corners, runoffs etc are all mandated. i believe that austin will be a good track as he has elevation changes, and therefore blind corners etc, to play with. lets give the track a chance.


April 13, 2011 11:45 AM
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richard, you always defend Tilke and that is your prerogative but personally i blame him entirely. he is the designer, obviously he is given a design brief, but as a designer it's up to him to push the boundaries and produce a piece of work he is proud to put his name to. it's his reputation that will rise or fall based on results. OK, so he probably couldn't give a toss what WE the public think because we are not the ones commissioning him to design these tracks but when he sees the resulting races he must realise the mistakes he has made? that's assuming he even watches f1 races, which could explain a lot!!

In saying all that I found the design plans for this circuit of the americas and it actually looks very promising. lots of elevation changes with some steep gradients, flowing and tight sections. it could prove to be the exception to the rule!

Ruben - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 12:11 PM

Not to insult Americans but.
Lamest track name ever.
Coudn't they really come up with something more memorable for a name?
Or just call it Austin like Montreal and Melbourne?
This just sounds forced.


April 13, 2011 12:13 PM

I'm not convinced with the name "Circuit of the Americas". How does Brazil feel about that? I mean if Spain called its circuit "The Circuit of Europe" or Malaysia called its circuit "The Circuit of Asia" they might be called arrogant. But then the US is comfortable calling its major league baseball series 'The World Series'. (OK I know it is named after the newspaper). I suppose we can feel relieved they didn't call it the "Circuit of the World" or the "Circuit of the Universe".


April 13, 2011 12:14 PM

2pac. i am not neccessarily defending tilke, but currently he is the only circuit designer of note. i am sure that you or i could possibly come up with some interesting solutions, but look at the likes of valencia. how on earth was it able to "design" a track around an industrial estate and harbour? it may be a boring track, but i doubt anyone could have done better. i prefer to blame bernie, or whoever it is that lays down the ground rules for the new circuits.

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