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Sebastian Vettel impressed by New Jersey circuit

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Organisers of the proposed Grand Prix of America in New Jersey staged a PR coup as Sebastian Vettel drove the planned route for the race on Monday.

Vettel drove a Infiniti IPL G Coupe round the 3.2-mile course in Weehawken and West New York although he barely broke 100mph.

"It's a pretty steep uphill and there are some nice corners up there, which makes it really fun to drive," Vettel said. "It's truly unique. And this," he added as he pointed behind him to the Manhattan skyline, "is unreal.

"Certainly the up and down aspect, with the elevation, that's something the drivers always enjoy. And you still have bumps built in even if you resurface, and that gives a little bit of soul to the course."

Organisers have a ten-year deal to stage the race and construction has already begun in a few areas, although confirmation has yet to be received it will be added to the calendar for the 2013 season.

Reports have continued to circulate of funding and other issues, but Leo Hindery, a founding chairman and former CEO of the YES Network who are promoting the race, dismissed them and said he was confident official confirmation for 2013 would be forthcoming shortly.

"I don't know where these rumours are coming from, but this race is going forward," he told USA Today. "If we had any doubt we wouldn't have brought Sebastian and all these people here today."

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