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.