There is so much more to the Circuit of the Americas than a race track.

Designed by Hermann Tilke the race track architect behind Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and the new adapted Hockenheimring, the circuit of the Americas is the home of Formula one in North America. Set near Austin, Texas it is a course of tight bends with two long straights somewhat typical of Tilke’s designs. The most exciting part is a long climb up hill at the start then downhill from a very tight left hander. It is one of the few anti-clockwise courses on the F1 calendar. There is so much more to this circuit than the track as it was always the intention to make it multi-uses site not just for the racing of cars and bikes.

It makes sense to have such an area designed for other large crowd based events as the infrastructure allows for the flow of people and their cars or public transport. The track itself reads like a “greatest hits” of other circuits. The start is supposed to be like Eau Rouge, there is a section reminiscent of Maggots into Becketts and Chapel at Silverstone, there is a loose interpretation of the Senna S at Interlagos. While this created some praise from the Drivers others craved for something originally. What else does the site hold?

The Observation Tower it has a lift or a double helix staircase of 419 steps if you fancy that, and stands at seventy metres high. The tower gives panoramic views of the site over three hundred and sixty degrees. The whole thing is based on the look of a race car and it can take up to 70 visitors at a time. One of the best ways to view this is from the US F1 Paddock Club and you can book this at edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-united-states

The Grand Plaza is a retail and leisure area. It has a pool and picnic lawn incorporating different landscapes. It even has some bridges over the track turns of 16 and 13 allowing the spectators to see the action for a very different angle.

The Austin360 Amphitheatre offers a space for large concerts. As the site is away from Austin and other conurbations it is not affected by noise abatement regulations, a factor built in when considering the noise from motor sport events. It holds an impressive fourteen thousand people.

The Austin Bold FC football stadium. Slotting into the space between the Amphitheatre and Grand Plaza will be the team’s new home as they start life in the USL Championship from the 2019 season (basically the Championship/ old Division two of the league here in England) after several years out of the league.

Six F1 Father and Son Duos

For these father and son duos, the world of F1 racing is a truly family affair. We take a look at some of the most famous racing parents of the past and the present, with children who followed in their footsteps – some with more success and some with a whole lot less.

The Rosbergs

Keke Rosberg was a Finnish F1 driver who competed in the early 80s. Despite not winning a world championship or major title, his son Nico took that on for him. Driving under German citizenship and not Finnish, Keke went on to win the 2016 World Championship.

The Piquets

Sometimes the story is the other way round, as it was for the Piquets. Father Nelson won three World Championships during the 80s, whilst his son Junior caused a scandal when he crashed his car into a wall at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008 and failed to win any races in his career.

The Brabhams

Also failing to live up to their father’s glory were Gary, Geoff and David Brabham, Australian racers who were active during the 1980s but gained very few honours between them. Father Jack, however, will always be known as the greatest F1 driver to come out of Australia. Ouch.

The Winkelhocks

The most tragic pair on this list. Father Manfred was killed in a race in Canada in 1985, whilst son Markus was forced into early retirement after just one disastrous F1 appearance in 2007.

The Verstappens

Both father and son have enjoyed success, with dad Jos enjoying a long career from 1994 to 2003. He now mentors son Max, who is expected to achieve even greater things, with many predicting him as World Champion this year. If you want to get the best view of this somewhat erratic future superstar, then be sure to book your place at the Monaco F1 Paddock Club with edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-monaco.

The Schumachers

Looking forward, much is expected from Michael Schumacher’s 19-year-old son Mick, who is entering F1 this year after great success in karting and F2. Whether he can live up to being the son of the world’s most famous F1 driver is another thing. His dad, on the other hand, has expressed a preference for his son to play golf for a more stress-free life!