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Today at 12:32:54 pm by Dare
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No word as yet on Sergio?Might be something to
why Mclaren didn't sign him last year.
October 19, 2014, 04:36:59 am by lkjohnson1950
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October 18, 2014, 03:13:16 pm by Dare
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October 18, 2014, 02:46:39 pm by J.Clark | Views: 148 | Comments: 13
I realize we are still two weeks away from the US GP at COTA, but as I will be a bit busy between now and then, I will go ahead with this while I have the time.
What began with an announcement in 2010 that the project was going forward, end up as what could perhaps be one of the better Tilke circuits, with the first USGP there in 2012. Construction took nearly two years and watching the progress through photos and announcements, I was amazed at what all went into the construction. I'm sure some of those photos are still available, but I am not going to dig through things for them.
The actual construction was amazing to watch. For example, the depths to which they graded below the racing surface, the layers of plastic, gravel, different dirts and so on before any asphalt was layed was incredible to watch. I can only guess, but I doubt there will be any issues with wash-boards, or other such problems as a circuit ages.
The design is actually rather remarkable. There was consideration given to what drivers wanted and how those desires may impact the fans and racing. Turn one was created to be similar to Spa's climb from Eau Rouge, the esses of Suzuka follow that and the hairpin at turn 11 is a true hairpin such as Canada's turn 10. I will say that from my experience, having gone to this race twice, it did provide some excitement for the fans.
COTA learned a bit from the first race and made some changes, some of which were already in the works, but time ran out on them as the first GP date rolled up. The facilities were much improved by the 2013 race weekend, so the fan experience got better. Since I will be going one more time this year, I imagine more improvements will have been made in that regard.
133' climb to turn 1, with an off-camber, hard left at the top and a down hill run thru turn 2 and into the esses to start the lap. A few turns later, following another uphill run to turn 10 and then it is down hill to turn 11 where there has been a fair amount of over-taking, but that leads into one of the longest straights on the calendar (roughly 3/4 mile) to a 2nd gear left-hander that has had race changing passes in every race so far. Then the complex of turns through 15 (where my seat will be this year) followed by a sweeping series or right-handers to the left at turn 19, where more than one driver has gotten it wrong with some cost. Then a simple left onto the start-finish straight. There will be two DRS zones.
A lap is nearly 3 1/2 miles long with 20 turns.
The record was set by Vettel's Red Bull in 2012 at 1:39.347.
Previous winners list is very short. Hamilton won the inaugural event in 2012 and Vettel won it last year.
Hamilton is a likely choice for becoming a two-time winner, with only three drivers in position to challenge that and two of those are only barely in the category. Rosberg, could of course beat Lewis since they have been dueling the whole season and will be in the same car. Bottas and Massa (if his car doesn't fail him yet again), who ran very well in the here before when in a Ferrari - was in fact told by the team to slow down and not challenge Fernando, as he was closing in and would have caught him with several laps to chance an overtaking.
- so the track favors him to some degree.
The circuit should once again favor the Mercedes powered cars - no surprise there. I can only imagine, but have to believe that Ferrari will out perform Red Bull, in spite of the Red Bulls having made some ground, as shown in Suzuka.
The city of Austin is awesome.
If you like steaks, go to the Texas Land & Cattle on Mo Pac.
If you like Thai, there is an excellent place on 620 (west side out of downtown area).
There is a famous B-B-Q place downtown Austin too, but I'm told by a local that people pay people to stand in line for them, because the wait can be up 2 hours, or more. It is Franklin's on 11th, not too far from where the downtown F1 party central is located - walking distance for sure.
October 17, 2014, 04:02:58 pm by lkjohnson1950
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October 17, 2014, 03:46:53 pm by Dare
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But with Alonso moving there and his known
putting himself above the team and driver would Kimi
put up with such treatment?
October 17, 2014, 03:44:39 pm by Dare
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With Lotus receiving the Mercedes engine a move
there might be a good possibility.Hope this isn't the
end for Jen for John's sake