Mike Stevens | Sep 2, 2010

austin f1 gp 01

The layout of Austin's formula one track has finally emerged.

Featuring 133 feet of elevation changes, it was revealed by 2012 US grand prix promoter Tavo Hellmund to the local American Statesman newspaper.

The 3.4 mile Hermann Tilke-designed track will reportedly have a 200mph maximum speed, a long back straight, and some corners that resemble famous F1 tracks.

"It should be nice," Hellmund said as he looked over the plans. "I think drivers and fans should really like it."

According to the Associated Press, Hellmund said F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone also "likes it".

He said the layout includes three ideal overtaking places, and sections that resemble Silverstone's Backetts, the Stadium section at Hockenheim, and Turn 8 in Turkey.

"It will be similar to one gigantic turn," Hellmund said of the Istanbul-esque section.

It has been reported that construction of the circuit southeast of Austin could begin in December.

"I don't want to put a date on it. Everybody is hustling and bustling," said Hellmund.

(GMM)

 

Rome To Be Second Italian Race In 2012, 2013

Rome is still on track to host a round of the world championship in 2012 or 2013, the Italian capital's mayor revealed on Wednesday.

A possible street race in the famous city has been on the cards for some time, but it had been thought that political obstacles had thwarted the plans.

But mayor Gianni Alemanno told a morning television programme on Rai 1 television on Wednesday: "From 2012 or no later than 2013, a grand prix will take place in Rome.

"This will be the second race for Italy, because the race at Monza is guaranteed," he added.

It is believed the city's EUR district has been selected by Hermann Tilke as the site for the race, where the roads are wider than in the inner city.

Alemanno continued: "There are problems because we have to reach full agreement with the inhabitants of EUR. We have an agreement at the international level.

"There are no certainties, but our promise is very solid," he added.

(GMM)

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