With the United States Grand Prix now less than a month away, Lotus F1 Team third driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio had the privilege of becoming the first man to drive the brand new Circuit of the Americas as the countdown to the big weekend begins…
Lotus F1 Team joined the celebrations yesterday afternoon as the official opening ceremony for the brand new Circuit of The Americas took place in Austin, Texas; beginning the final countdown to the race weekend which will see Formula 1 return to the U.S.A. for the first time in five years.
As part of the show, third driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio became the first man to experience the track at speed; taking in the 5.516km circuit at the wheel of the team’s 2010 Formula 1 World Championship challenger, the R30.
With thousands of workers having devoted the last two years to transforming this 1,300 acre plot into a world-class motorsport facility, the result of their efforts certainly made an impression on our Belgian bullet:
Jérôme D’Ambrosio: “It’s been a great day today. There’s a real buzz about the Circuit of The Americas and it was fantastic to get out on track to demonstrate the R30. It’s a very enjoyable layout with a couple of good opportunities for overtaking, some long, fast, sweeping ‘S’ bends and a few really satisfying, high speed changes of direction similar to the ‘Becketts’ complex at Silverstone.”
“The first corner is also quite special and it will be interesting to see it when people are dicing for position in the race. It’s an enjoyable layout for a racing driver and also fantastic for the fans as the viewing areas are very well placed to catch all the action; of which there should be plenty! Austin itself is a superb city with a great atmosphere and I think it will really come alive for Formula 1 during the week of the Grand Prix which is something we all can enjoy. It’s really going to be something quite special.”
Source: Lotus F1