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Brand new US Grand Prix a challenging circuit for F1 drivers – Track designer

Brand new United States Grand Prix track – Circuit of the Americas designer Hermann Tilke says that it will be one of the most challenging Circuit for F1 drivers.

After five year absence US Grand Prix return to Formula 1 calendar with new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The circuit attractive much an average medium-speed track with a lot of altitude modifies. T3 to T6 are high speed with lots of modify of direction. And added few bus-stops, low-speed sections towards the end of the lap too.

“I think there are some real difficult parts of this track, and hopefully it will be one of the most challenging,” Hermann Tilke told Autosport. Turn 1 goes steeply uphill and then the elevation turns sharply into a downhill sector, so the drivers will not see the apex of the corner. It will be blind.

“I expect in first practice the drivers will make many mistakes, but they are so good they will learn it quickly because they are the best in the world. After Turn 1 there is a ‘snake’ section, which is very fast and orientation will be difficult for the drivers. The track also goes up and down, and there is also one corner which is banked the wrong way [adverse camber].

“For the drivers it will be hard, it will be difficult to set up the car and it will be tough to keep the tyres running correctly too. That could mean there are more problems with the tyres, which will be good for the race.”

Tike also claims that Circuit of the Americas will give more overtaking opportunities like last race at Yas Marina.

“This year they had a lot of overtaking at Abu Dhabi, and there are opportunities to overtake here,” he said. In the end overtaking is only possible when a faster driver is behind a slower driver. If it is the opposite then overtaking is not possible.

Tike added “If the faster driver is leading and the second driver is slower then overtaking will not happen. But that is the drama of a race and hopefully it will be interesting here.”


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