F1 » Whitmarsh: This place is world class

Martin Whitmarsh praises the new Circuit of the Americas after Friday practice for United States Grand Prix

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Tesla - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 11:21 AM

really? we all know most of folks sing the same song (world class) whenever they go to a new track. let's see how this track performs and surprises the drivers, teams and importantly *us* aka spectators and fans :)

ATX2012 - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 12:55 PM

Austin is a very friendly city in general, even as it has tripled in population over the past 30 years or so. Interestingly, the track is southeast of the city in the dullest possible landscape for this area... rolling grass and farmland. Even the main part of the city is not terribly scenic, only if you go west 10-20 miles will people get more of an idea of the beauty of the central Texas hill country... much like parts of Spain or Greece.

As for the track, I'm with BT33 and prefer many of the older tracks, but with the current FIA safety requirements for tracks it's just not possible to create them any more. Let's give it a few years to see how it develops... and maybe in 20-30 years it will start to become one of the "traditional" tracks.

chappo - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 1:48 PM

@ATX2012 sorry, that was me who disagreed. I meant agree. Some of the newer tracks take some time to warm to but one good race and we look at them differently. Personally, i've never been more optomistic of a good USGP.

Ian S - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 1:54 PM

What a bunch of armchair heroes! I was there yesterday for first practice and will be there again for today's qualifying and the race tomorrow. Martin Whitmarsh is absolutely accurate. The circuit is stunning, the facilities are top class, the organisation second to none. For a facility to rise from a green field to hosting its very first event in a year is amazing. When that event is F1 and there are thousands of fans, it is almost beyond belief. I spoke to many yesterday and every single person I spoke to praised the venue and the quality of the on track entertainment.

David Chaste - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 2:00 PM

Well I think the F1 brass is talking more about the facilities and amenities available at the track and not the race track itself.

For people who has seen it all this can be considered a genuine compliment

Austin Rocks - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 3:53 PM

@Ian S, couldn't agree more. I've been to Monaco, Monza, Montreal, Elkhart, Laguna, Indy, VIR, TWS, TMS, and some regional tracks, and this place is world-class. The logistical organization, for a first-time event, was very impressive yesterday. Aside from standing in line an hour for an event t-shirt, everything was smooth as silk despite them having a bigger crowd than I think they had anticipated. As far as the track, I don't know how mof the pundits here actually race. I do, and I am wild about the layout. The elevation change is huge, there are technical and challenging corners everywhere. Should be lots of passing tomorrow.


November 17, 2012 4:34 PM

ok. i admit i love the old traditional tracks, but some of the newer tracks are also quite good. but valencia is basically a catastrophe.
to me , austin is one of the better new tracks.
austin could have a problem with the first corner on the first lap, due to being blind, i am not sure if i like the series of wiggles, which will probably end up being straight lined by some.

but the f1 drivers are professionals, and it is to be hoped that they will enjoy the circuit.
maybe a few small changes for 2013?

bozgp - Unregistered

November 17, 2012 4:47 PM

BT33, you have not seen a single race there yet and you are sure that it is bland? Monaco is not a race track, it's a road inside of a beautiful city and has a cool tunnel. It's too small for an F1 race. I would say it's good for qualifying i.e. having one car on it at a time.

Ian S - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 12:07 AM

Were you there George? This track is very far from being boring. The elevation changes are a real feature, there are examples of virtually every kind of corners, plenty of overtaking places, a long straight and some tight technical stuff. What more do you want? The first corner isn't blind either as you can see the exit on the approach up the hill.

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