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Austin F1 GP: "Circuit is still under construction, we are not ready"



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Less than one month the time to the inaugural 2012 Formula 1 US Grand Prix at the brand new circuit in Austin. The circuit Organizers recently says that circuit is almost ready for Formula 1 racing.

US Grand Prix is designed by Hermann Tilke and will be used for the first time this F1 season. The Brand new circuit prepared for 120,000 fans.

Formula 1 governing body FIA’s Charlie Whiting has given the track the green light, even though the Austin American Statesman newspaper reports that the facility is not quite ready.

Statesman newspaper described that; one of the biggest projects still uncompleted is a three-lane extension of Kellam Road, which is still not paved.

The two-thirds of a mile extension will create a northern entry for the track off Pearce Lane and should help ease traffic flow. A graded dirt road was punched through weeks ago.

“They got some heavy iron and knocked that out in two weeks,” project manager Braedon Box said on Wednesday. “(Then) there was a lot of start stop and pause.”

Box said the pit area and the medical and maintenance buildings are essentially completed. The team garages will be finished by the individual teams, which will paint and partition them.

“Landscaping is going in,” Box said. “It’s going from a construction war zone to finished landscapes.”

He added that “over 1,000 trees are being planted. Everything that doesn’t get paved has to get re-vegetated.”

One of the consequences of the tight construction schedule, Box said, was that the circuit missed the window for planting Bermuda grass and will use rye for the rest of this year.

“Certain parts of the parking lots look like Ireland, F1 event will be “incredible and imperfect.” Box said.

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