Austin GP Layout Unveiled


The organisers of the U.S. Grand Prix, due to take place in Austin, Texas in 2012, have today revealed the layout of the new, custom-built track, which pays homage to some of the most popular and traditional circuits on the F1 calendar.

The Herman Tilke-designed track will be 3.4 miles long, contain 20 turns, includes a three-quarter mile back straight, and has several elevation changes.

Turns 3, 4 and 5 of the new design are said to be a nod to Silverstone’s Maggots/Becketts section, turns 12-15 are apparently reminiscent of Hockenheim, and 16-18 an attempt to replicate Turkey’s infamous Turn 8.

Speaking to the American Statesman, race promoter Tavo Hellmund is pleased with the design. “It should be nice,” he said on Tuesday. “I think drivers and fans should really like it.”

Hellmund also claims that there are at least four corners designed provide overtaking opportunities. He said construction would start as soon as possible, but would not confirm rumours of a December starting date. “I don’t want to put a date on it,” he said. “Everybody is hustling and bustling.”

For more details and picture of the new layout see this page.

  • Matt

    Nice :D

  • Just look at it!

    OK, so it’s only a 3D rendering but look at it!

    Turn 1 (if that hill is anywhere close to real) is probably unique, but my favourite is Turn 10. Crest of a hill, possibly flat out corner.

    Of course Tilke will likely spoil it with continental sized run offs.

  • Matt

    Yeah – that first corner could be utter carnage as I’d imagine it’ll be a blind turn in.

    That whole section up to T11 looks awesome and 100% agree with T10, that’s gonna be a drivers favourite.

    I’m not a fan of Tilke’s tracks but this is his best one to date (unless he did Abu Dhabi?)

  • He did indeed design Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi

  • Turns 3, 4 and 5 of the new design are said to be a nod to Silverstone’s
    Maggots/Becketts section, turns 12-15 are apparently reminiscent of
    Hockenheim, and 16-18 an attempt to replicate Turkey’s infamous Turn 8.