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Circuit of the Americas given thumbs up by the FIA // The new addition to the 2012 F1 calendar gets the green light

Published by Christine Blachford

Circuit of the Americas given thumbs up by the FIA

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It’s not long now until the inaugural United States Grand Prix held at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and the circuit has finally been given the seal of approval by FIA Race Director, Charlie Whiting.

The Grand Prix is set to take place on the 18th November, and Whiting visited the track in order to approve it for the race - with a final inspection due a week before the event. By all accounts, he was very happy with what he saw.

After circling the track, with a high-vis waistcoat and clutching a clipboard, Whiting said: “The guys have done an awesome job... it’s built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I’ve got absolutely no complaints whatsoever.”

Meanwhile, the question every fan wants answered is the possibility of good racing - as many new tracks have fallen short of the expectations piled upon them. Whiting says: “There are three to four corners that are very likely to see overtaking... the turns have been designed so that they’re extremely wide and the apex is very short.”