AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Circuit of the Americas was cut from the rocky soil outside of the state capital of Texas.
To get there you need to drive from the bright urban core of Austin, through the caravan parks, a landfill, flea markets and miles of hills dotted with goats and horses. But once there, its historic observation tower of 250 feet (77 meters) and its red, white and blue racing stripes announce a circuit that has become the heart and soul of Formula One in the USA. UU
Try to create streets The races in cities like New York, Las Vegas and Miami have failed or have stalled, but the United States Grand Prix will be held this week at his home in Texas for the seventh time. Once again, the race occupies a prominent place in the pursuit of the title. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes can close Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari to win his fifth championship of the season on a track where he has won five times.
"The Circuit of the Americas is the soul of Formula One in America, it is also one of" The best circuits in the world, "said Tavo Hellmund, the former promoter of the race who first developed the idea of building the first permanent track for F1 in the United States. "I'm proud of that."
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo praises the track as a driver's course that promotes wheel-to-wheel racing with multiple pass zones. 19659002] "It encourages you to fight," said Ricciardo.
Hellmund, who split with his business partners before the inaugural race in 2012, drew the design of the runway on a restaurant napkin. his mustard sauce and barbecue stains, and the original race contract, in a bank vault.
"Everyone thought he was crazy," said Hellmund, a lifelong friend of the former F1 boss. , Bernie Ecclestone.
After all, the F 1 had left the USA UU For several years after leaving the modified road in Indianapolis. There were no real signs that he would return and nobody would have been surprised since Formula One is a global series with a concentration of fans in Europe.
Bring F1 back to the US UU With a specific installation in mind, it was launched as the necessary point of support to build an audience in the United States. Since his return, the US Grand Prix. UU He has enjoyed a prominent space in the calendar, since the dates of the races of autumn have been very important in the championship of the season almost every year. It is your responsibility to grow F1 in the USA. UU
. His job was to make a great show.