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Construction underway on Austin F1 venue 03 Jan 2011

Construction begins on the new United States Grand Prix circuit, Austin, Texas, December 30, 2010. Construction begins on the new United States Grand Prix circuit, Austin, Texas, December 30, 2010. Construction begins on the new United States Grand Prix circuit, Austin, Texas, December 30, 2010.

Work has begun in earnest on the new United States Grand Prix venue in Texas, as race organisers push ahead with preparations for Formula One racing’s return to the country in 2012.

Promoter Tavo Hellmund was on hand to witness the official groundbreaking ceremony on the Austin site just after Christmas, thus achieving his personal aim of beginning construction before the start of the New Year.

It follows the submission of the track homologation design to the FIA last month, two months ahead of schedule, with organisers having successfully overcome numerous administrative hurdles in recent months.

The 5.5-kilometre track, located in Wandering Creek, south east of the Texan capital, will combine 133 feet of elevation change and 20 turns. The circuit’s master plan also features additional visitor attractions including a proposed driving/riding experience and seminar building, motorsports driving club, kart track and welcome centre.

Construction is being masterminded by American architectural firm HKS in collaboration with Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for most of the recent new tracks on the F1 calendar, including those in Korea, Turkey and Malaysia.

To view the circuit's draft 3-D layout in more detail click here.
To view the circuit's draft 2-D layout in more detail click here.

For more information, visit www.formula1unitedstates.com.