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Charlie Whiting declares himself pleased with progress made at the Circuit of the Americas
FIA delegate Charlie Whiting has declared the Circuit of the Americas as 'ready to race' after his latest visit to the venue that will host the United States Grand Prix in November.

Whiting travelled to Texas following the Singapore Grand Prix for a scheduled pre-race inspection and approved the circuit for Grade 1 status, which means it is no eligible to host a Formula One event.

Whiting spent two hours touring the Austin facility along with representatives of Circuit of The Americas, general contractor Austin Commercial and German track architects Tilke GmbH in what was his first visit to the circuit since August.

“Everything that I've seen so far has been absolutely first class, and the progress that's been made since the last time that I was here is amazing,” he said. “The guys have done an awesome job - it really is quite fantastic! It's built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I've got absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

“There are three or four corners that are very likely to see overtaking. If you look at turn one, you'll see that the turns have been designed so that they're extremely wide and the apex is very short. It's a very modern approach to slow corners where we hope overtaking will take place. So I'm very confident it will work well.

“Turn one is awesome! It's the only word I can think of to describe it, and I think drivers and teams coming here for the first time will say the same thing.”

Whiting will carry out one final check of the venue on 12 November ahead of the race.




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Bob - Unregistered

September 26, 2012 12:44 PM

The first two comments sadly sum up this site and the trolls who frequent it. This is a simple news story saying that the FIA have done a final inspection of the track and it's ready to host the GP. Not surprisingly they say it looks like a great facility and everyone has done a good job preparing it. End of story. But oh no, let's moan about F1, let's personally attack people we know nothing about. How do you manage to get up in the morning with such a negative bitter view on life?

jose - Unregistered

September 26, 2012 1:12 PM

Bob, welcome to Crash Net forum. Man thanks for the laugh. You are correct. Here we have a number of regular Clansmen. Negativity and nefarious folderol directed at Lewis Hamilton. Crash now has a following they are completely unaware of here in NYC. My email over flows daily..Man this thing is growing like a Texas wild fire. Waiting for a date. Texas here we come, Hamilton's #1 fans.. That Badman, Jose



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