FIA pleased with Austin progress

Charlie Whiting completed the first of several inspections

Last Updated: 13/06/12 10:00am

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The FIA's Charlie Whiting believes Austin's new Grand Prix venue is on course to deliver a "spectacular" race when it makes its debut on the calendar in November after he completed an inspection of construction work at the site on Tuesday.

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Formula 1's Safety Delegate visited the Circuit of the Americas for the first of what will prove to be three visits to oversee progress at the brand new facility over the coming months, with his definitive pre-race inspection set for September 25, 60 days before the inaugural race.

Whiting said that with in excess of 500 workers on site per day to complete the work, construction was on course to hit its target completion date.

"It is clear that the significant resources Circuit of The Americas has committed to completing this facility on time and to FIA specifications is making a difference," he said in a statement released by race organisers.

"The more than 500 construction workers on site daily are making great progress, and I plan to return to Austin at the end of August for an update. My formal pre-race inspection is set for Sept. 25, which is 60 days before the scheduled start of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.

"From the world-class motorsports facilities and fan areas to the racecourse itself, which promises to be one of the most challenging new additions to our season, I believe Circuit of The Americas has the ability to put on a great show and spectacular Grand Prix in its inaugural year. I look forward to my next visit in August."

Austin will stage the first US GP for five years when it welcomes Formula 1 to the Circuit of Americas for the first time on November 16-18 and earlier this month tickets officially went on sale for the event.

Fresh from the Canadian Grand Prix, Sauber's Mexican driver Sergio Perez travelled over the border to New York on Monday where he completed some promotional work for the Circuit of the Americas.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, was across the Hudson River in New Jersey where he took to the streets of what will become America's second F1 course in 2013 in a road car.

Vettel takes to the streets

The race, which will run under the title of the Grand Prix of America, will have the New York skyline as a backdrop and the Red Bull driver said of the layout: "The circuit is great. One section is a bit like Montreal with a long fast straight but it's also quite up and down, which is a bit like Spa. New York is such a great city with a great energy. It's will be great to have a Formula 1 race here - I think there will be some good bars to go to after the race!"

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