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Tilke to design Texas circuit

US GP organisers announce that Hermann Tilke will design the new home of the race in Austin, Texas
Promoters of the United States Grand Prix in Austin have revealed that experienced designer Hermann Tilke will be the man to design the layout that will take F1 back to America.

Rather that use a venue already in place, Bernie Ecclestone has agreed a deal with promoters Full Throttle Productions to race on a new purpose-built circuit in Texas, with a deal running from 2012 to 2021 having been announced on Tuesday evening.

The promoters have now confirmed that they have acquired a location to build the circuit, and while that location hasn't been disclosed, it is believed to be more than 700 acres.

The expected confirmation has also come that Tilke will be responsible for the design of the circuit – having already created venues such as Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and the Istanbul circuit that will be used for this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix.

"[It will be ]one of the finest permanent road course facilities in the world,” a statement from Full Throttle Productions read. “Fans should expect the craftsmanship Tilke is famous for, with a priority placed on green building and a track similar to the great Grand Prix tracks of previous generations."

While no costs have been revealed for building the circuit, promoters insist that it will be built with private money and without the need for use of public funds.



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