Austin reveals track for 2012 F1 race

Austin F1 Track Map 3D

The circuit design for the 2012 United States Grand Prix has been revealed.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track incorporates sections similar to those at Silverstone, Istanbul and the Hockenheimring. It appears to be an anti-clockwise configuration.

The plans, revealed by the Austin American Statesman, shows a layout which does not seem to have strayed far from the Tilke convention of having designated ‘overtaking’ section with long straights and tight hairpins.

The first sequence of fast bends – modelled on Becketts at Silverstone – looks like an exciting sequence of corners.

Later on in the lap the drivers come across a corner similar in style to the famous Turn 8 at Istanbul – only turning right instead of left.

A large viewing area on the inside of the corner promises views of much of the track.

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154 comments on Austin reveals track for 2012 F1 race

  1. verstappen said on 1st September 2010, 12:34

    After some races there we will know if it’s as good as Turkey or more like 2010 Bahrain… It looks OK, but as mentioned before, the elevation (how much and where) will make a huge differnce.

    A pity it’s anti clockwise again. We will end up with so much anti clock wise that it won’t be an issue anymore. Not that it was a big issue, but still, when we only had 2 anti-clockwise circuits, you could notice the rookies getting tired at somewhat halfway during the race…

  2. Really is a track of two halfs. Lots of fast challenging corners in the first half, then a slow technical section in the second half.

    Looks good, I like it. Really looking forward to the race.

  3. My understanding is that part of Texas is relatively flat. Any interesting elevation change must be put in artificially.

    With that in mind, I expect it’s a bit too much like current Hockenheim, when what we want should be more like Canada.

    • Steve C said on 1st September 2010, 13:06

      The field they’re going to build on has a 120ft or so elevation change from the top to the bottom. The first turn is an uphill left hander to the highest point. We’re not that flat here in Texas except for the plains our west. The track layout is really not that bad and by reading all the comments here, I have to say, Tilke may have done a good job with the design.

      Looking forward to driving out there once construction has started…

  4. Anyone on the distance of the track?

    • Steve C said on 1st September 2010, 13:55

      3.4 miles, 20 turns 133ft elevation change

      • J.A. Brown said on 5th September 2010, 17:10

        Hm, that seems about average length, close to the length of Sepang. I’m a little disappointed actually, I was hoping it would be one of the longer tracks. Then again, the limits for new tracks are probably very tight these days.

  5. NAZ3012 said on 1st September 2010, 12:47

    iv just tried to compare the real turn 8 to this one and to be honest, this is much more open and less tight, and coupled with the fact that turn 8 in turkey is flat except for 2 parts, (which are much tighter than any parts of this depiction), and that its taken under acceleration and not at top speed i reckon this “turn 8″ is gonna be flat all the way through. bit of a botch if you ask me.

    • J.A. Brown said on 5th September 2010, 17:11

      Isn’t it also mirrored as compared to Turkey? I’m not sure if I’m right, but it seems to me as if all the “copied” parts, except for the one from Silverstone, are mirrored…

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st September 2010, 12:52

    I think the thing I like most is the Silverstone sequence – becauswe it adds two extra turns in. The drivers are going to be in for a real workout there. And the fact that this circuit is shorter than others means the drivers will have to do it a few extra time. It’s going to be interesting on worn tyres …

    • bosyber said on 1st September 2010, 14:49

      I agree, I like that bit the best. I think the “hockenheim” bits don’t really fit well there, unless they make an arena there like they have, then we would have a bit of the old hockenheim back, I suppose. But your earlier comments about it having to be narrow are spot on. The elevation changes don’t seem great in that bit though, pity.

  7. Well it was going to be Monza or Spa for me next year… I think I’ll have to add Austin to that list of choices after seeing this & I bet the tickets will be reasonably priced – the yanks don’t like getting ripped off ! :)

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 1st September 2010, 13:24

    I like it! I anticipate some mean G’s coming out of the speed trap down that long straight.

  9. tobinen said on 1st September 2010, 13:30

    Looks promising to me

  10. explosiva said on 1st September 2010, 13:35

    Looks like he just took Hungaroring, flipped it, and elongated it.

    Will hold off judgment until there actually is a race there. But still…

  11. Agree with the point re retaining the character of the track. Layout looks promising so hopefully it won’t be completely tarmac with huge run-off areas as this gives a car park soulless feel. Keep some gravel traps and walls and really test the drivers

  12. There’s an elevation plan on Adam Cooper’s website.

    It looks like the biggest grad change is the run up to Turn 1.

  13. Steve C said on 1st September 2010, 13:56

    Here’s the link to our local paper with an interesting rendering of the elevation change.

  14. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 1st September 2010, 13:58

    They should name the circuit ‘Austin-stein’! It looks like they’ve literally just copied and pasted sections from other tracks onto their own layout!

    I can see Turn 1 from Hungaroring, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel from Silverstone, the final turn from Sepang, the stadium section from Hockenheim and Turn 8 from Instanbul.

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. It just doesn’t appear to have anything particularly ‘unique’ about it, nothing really new or innovative. That said, it sure looks fun to drive.

  15. gabal (@gabal) said on 1st September 2010, 14:10

    Adam Cooper has another picture which shows elevation changes. Turn 1 is really steep but track elevation doesn’t change corners much after first sector.”Turkey-like” corner is a bit affected by it.Just like in Turkey if you can manage to go quicker through it you can carry more speed towards overtake firendly part of the circuit (at least in theory).
    Real judgement will come on race-day of course, Portimao looks stunning but produces awfull racing for example…

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