Circuit of the Americas will be “old-school” track

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They may not have laid the tarmac at America’s newest F1 venue yet – but that didn’t stop Red Bull getting an early lap in on the new track.

David Coulthard drove the team’s show car at the home of the 2012 United States Grand Prix, which is in the early stages of construction, last weekend.

“It’s certainly a circuit the drivers are going to enjoy,” said Coulthard, “there’s a lot of elevation change here.”

Race promoter Tavo Hellmund said he wants the track to have ‘old school’ appeal:

“We’re going to be able to accomplish building the closest thing to a traditional, old school Grand Prix track from the fifties and sixties – with the elevation, with the fast corners, with the technical corners.

“Unfortunately we have a lot of FIA requirements that are safety requirements, but I think that’s the one thing, the one characteristic that all the drivers and all the riders are going to come here and say, ‘man, that’s an old school-type track.”

Here’s video of Coulthard driving around the site, plus an interview with him and Hellmund:

Video: Red Bull explore the Circuit of the Americas

Images: Red Bull explore the Circuit of the Americas

Thanks to Dan Selby for editing the video

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58 comments on Circuit of the Americas will be “old-school” track

  1. MVEilenstein said on 23rd August 2011, 17:57

    Unfortunately we have a lot of FIA requirements

    Yes, it is unfortunate.

  2. TED BELL said on 23rd August 2011, 18:47

    Look, this is America and this is how we get things done. The track layout is smart and well planned. The organization is behind the event and is in place. It is being done in a way that will offer much to every level of fan, from the casual interested person to the Tifosi worldwide, Tifosi of all nations.

    When I first learned of Austin becoming the F1 site I thought that there isn’t anything there but sage brush and excessive heat. Why in the world would you want to go there?? Now with the November date the whole of the situation has become much better than expected.

    In the end COTA will become another jewel in what Formula One means to so many worldwide.

    America is doing it right. The track is well thought out, the ammenties are also good and the location is prime for many in both North and South America to attend. F1 has had a need for an US location. The American response is to show all of you how we get the job done.

    Cold beer, BBQ and American Formula One….what else is there??

    See you in Austin.

    • HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 23rd August 2011, 21:58

      “The American response is to show all of you how we get the job done.”

      You’re serious, aren’t you?

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd August 2011, 23:17

      While the circuit is looking good and everything is going well so far there is still plenty of time between now and November 2012 for things to go wrong! Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

    • carldec said on 24th August 2011, 4:58

      Your view of Austin is skewed.

      Austin is not in west Texas, its in the springs and lakes of the hill country. Not a single sage brush to be seen. We are the number 2 high tech employer in the world after silicon valley, we have one of the largest universitys in the world and we are the capital of one of the largest US states. We also take pride in our music and it is said that there is more live music in Austin than anywhere else.

      You are right about the Beer and BBQ.. so when you come to see the race make sure you get a cold Shiner and make a trip to Salt Lick.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th August 2011, 8:46

        cheers carldec. I hope I will make the trip over the pond to get there in time.

        Never really thought about Austin before, but from what I have so far heard and seen it looks like you have quite a nice place to be and live over there.

      • TED BELL said on 24th August 2011, 21:46

        I stand corrected and believe that the venue at Austin will become what Americans have hoped for, as the organizors efforts will make it into a world class facility for fans of Formula One to come to and return to. It is being done right and although I haven’t been to that part of the country I may have had skewed impression about what Texas is from watching the old westerns as a kid.

  3. Why the need to build a new track if what you want is a modern “old school” track with loads of elevation changes ?

    Just use Portimao ! I am well aware that it’s not in the US but I am just gutted there is not a GP there…

  4. F1 98 said on 23rd August 2011, 23:43

    Wrc f1 pictures

  5. Calum said on 23rd August 2011, 23:59

    Just scrolling down through those pictures gives the impression of the RedBull car going on some huge journey!!

  6. Lord Ha Ha said on 24th August 2011, 0:38

    RB should have given the off tarmac drive to Kimi

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