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Austin circuit plans released

ESPNF1 Staff
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Turns 3, 4 and 5 are based on Becketts, Turns 12 to 15 on Hockenheim and Turns 16, 17 and 18 on Turn 8 at Istanbul © US Grand Prix

The layout of Austin's Formula One circuit has been finalised by race promoters Full Throttle productions.

Featuring 133 feet of elevation changes, it was revealed by head 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.

"In the modern era of Grand Prix racing, I think this track layout and topography will be very special," Hellmund said. "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."

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 Becketts, the Stadium section at Hockenheim, and Turn 8 in Turkey.

"It will be similar to one gigantic turn," Hellmund said of the Istanbul-style 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," Hellmund added. "Everybody is hustling and bustling."