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Texas track given the thumbs up

Wednesday 26th September 2012

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Texas track given the thumbs up

Texas track given the thumbs up

The GP of America may be struggling to hold onto their place on the 2013 calendar, but all is going well over in Texas.

The United States Grand Prix is pencilled in to make its debut on November 18 and FIA technical delegate and Race Director Charlie Whiting has confirmed the track is fit to host the race.

Whiting spent two hours inspecting facilities at the Circuit of the America along with track architects Tilke GmbH and organisers and gave the venue 'Grade 1' status.

"Everything that I've seen so far has been absolutely first class, and the progress that's been made since the last time that I was here is amazing," Whiting said.

"The guys have done an awesome job - it really is quite fantastic! It's built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I've got absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

"There are 3-4 corners that are very likely to see overtaking," Whiting said. "If you look at Turn 1, you'll see that the turns have been designed so that they're extremely wide and the apex is very short. It's a very modern approach to slow corners where we hope overtaking will take place so I'm very confident it will work well.

"Turn 1 is awesome! It's the only word I can think of to describe it, and I think drivers and teams coming here for the first time will say the same thing."

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