Why F1 still has work to do in America
The first United States Grand Prix at the new Austin circuit was an undoubted success, but that shouldn't fool F1 into believing it has cracked America already, says Jonathan Noble
As the chequered flag fell at the end of the United States Grand Prix, one (unidentified) engineer at an (unidentified) team leant across to his colleague with a big grin on his face and said: "Well, after 15 years, 11 tracks and a couple of billion dollars, it looks like Hermann Tilke has finally got it right…"
That might be a slightly unfair assessment about Tilke's efforts elsewhere, but it was a bang-on observation about just how much of a success the new Austin venue proved to be. The circuit – with its iconic Turn 1, high-speed swoops and twisty sections that helped produce plenty of overtaking – was widely perceived as being Tilke's best circuit yet.
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