A draft layout has been released by the race organizers of the new circuit for the 2012 US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. This event marks the return of Formula One racing to the US for the first time in five years. Organizers at Full Throttle Productions LP worked alongside track architect Hermann Tilke to create this circuit.
They were inspired by the best circuits around the world and there are several dramatic elevation changes that were created by using the site’s natural topography.
Turns 3 through 6 are quite similar to Silverstone’s high-speed Maggotts/Becketts; Turns 12 through 15 are reminiscent of Hockenheim's stadium section; and Turns 16 through 18 seem to duplicate the multi-apex Turn 8 at Istanbul Park.
In an interview with Formula1.com, Tavo Hellmund, the managing partner of Full Throttle Productions, said that the site has natural elevation differences, indicating a fast track with difficult corners.
However, he believes that the most important thing is that it has to be a “masterpiece in its suitability for fans,” meaning that the track should be designed in a way that enables spectators to see large parts from where they are situated.
The 3.4 mile (5.47 kilometer) circuit has 20 turns and a total elevation change of 133 feet (40.5 meters), including a steep, uphill run into the hairpin Turn 1, which is touted to be the venue’s signature corner.
The new circuit will run in an anticlockwise direction, which was also seen in previous F1 venues, including Istanbul Park, Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit and Interlagos in Brazil.