The future of Formula 1 in the United States has a new face – and makes more than a few references to the current F1 calendar.
Unveiled today to the American-Statesman (@StatesmanF1), the new Grand Prix layout will include:
- 20 turns
- 3.4 mile (5.47 km) race lap distance
- 133′ (40.5 m) maximum elevation change
- a back straightaway of 3/4 mi (1.2 km)
- fan capacity of 130,000 to 140,000 fans
At first glance, Hockenheim comes to mind with a distinctive barbed kink at one end, with a slower complex and rapid succession of corners in and out of the turn – while this map is lacking in some detail, things look promising as nods to following circuits have been mentioned:
- driver favorite turn 8 at Istanbul
- Maggots/Becketts at Silverstone
- Hockenheim’s hairpin
Track visibility for the fans is a common problem at road courses, and de rigueur for a city street course, so it will be interesting to see how designer Hermann Tilke will incorporate the circuit’s elevation changes and layout to give fans a line of sight onto the course.
A date for groundbreaking has not yet been set, but a 2012 inaugural race has the current speculation putting the flag drop on the first Grand Prix at the circuit within a week or two of the Canadian Grand Prix, usually held in mid summer.