Further to my earlier story on Austin, here for the very first time is a computer generated 3-D image that gives a clearer idea of how the track will look.
An obvious key characteristic is the uphill run into Turn One, which is somewhat reminscent of the A1-Ring. The long back straight, which appears somewhat truncated in this picture, undulates like the old pit straight at Kyalami.
Incidentally it seems that race pomoter Tavo Hellmund did not after all officially release the basic track map to Austin’s Statesman newspaper. Apparently the determined local media outlet obtained it from City Hall within hours of it being received by the permits office, and then presented to a surprised Tavo for comments yesterday evening.
The above picture did however come via the right channels…
PS: In an official release this afternoon Hellmund said: “In the modern era of Grand Prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special. It will have many of the elements of previous ‘classic’ circuits combined with the benefits of FIA-mandated safety for the competitors and spectators alike. Add in the amenities fans have come to expect, like rare, multiple-turn viewing opportunities for added value, and you have an ideal, world-class venue.
“For the competitors, we’ll have all the ingredients necessary. You’ll see fast turns that require commitment from the drivers and technical turns that will test the engineers from a set-up point of view. We have a good deal of elevation to make it not only scenic but challenging also, and the view of downtown Austin is wonderful as well.”