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Austin's Circuit of The Americas passes final FIA inspection 26 Sep 2012

The FIA's Charlie Whiting visits the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for a final pre-race inspection, September 2012 The FIA's Charlie Whiting visits the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for a final pre-race inspection, September 2012 The FIA's Charlie Whiting visits the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for a final pre-race inspection, September 2012 The FIA's Charlie Whiting visits the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for a final pre-race inspection, September 2012

The all-new Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, venue for November’s 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand, has been signed off by F1 racing’s governing body, the FIA, after its final scheduled pre-race inspection.

Charlie Whiting, FIA Race Director and Safety Delegate, visited the new venue on Tuesday and after a two-hour assessment declared himself happy with the construction progress and the overall quality of the circuit.

"The track design is fantastic, the quality of the workmanship is excellent and I have no concerns at all,” said Whiting after the inspection. “This will be a very unique Grand Prix, a lot of types of corners that will provide a lot of overtaking opportunities.

“The progress that’s been made since the last time I was here is amazing. I think the guys here have done an awesome job. It really is fantastic, everything’s built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I’ve got absolutely no complaints.”

Whiting’s sign-off means that COTA now receives the ‘Grade 1’ FIA status it needs to stage Formula One racing, clearing the way for what will be the first Grand Prix on American soil since 2007 when the paddock arrives for the November 16-18 round.

Whiting said he would be making final checks on the Monday prior to the race, but emphasized that only detail work such as landscaping and painting remained outstanding.

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