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GP Week : Issue 122
the circuit that will catch their attention is the blind brow at Turn 8 that feeds into turn nine and then goes back down hill to Turns 10 and 11 and the hairpin at the top of the circuit. At the moment you can see the general layout and they are now preparing the base layers of the track surface. They are preparing specialist materials to lay the track on and the process is being checked every day by Tilke's employees for quality and consistency – it's very thorough. The drainage and communication systems are already in so now it's all about working on the track itself. One feature that I haven't seen before is that the entrance to many of the corners is going to be wider than the preceding straight. So, if the straight is three cars wide then the entrance to the corner at the braking zone will be five cars wide to encourage overtaking and alternative lines. They've done that with a number of corners including Turn 1 and Turn 12 and I think they're planning the same into the last corner. The sculpting of the landscape is quite remarkable and they have moved thousands of tons of earth in order to lower some areas and build others up. They're only bringing in outside material for the track and buildings, the rest of the circuit and surrounding area is being built up by simply moving earth. The majority of the spectator areas will be on huge banks beside the track and in that respect it will be a bit like Donington or Silverstone. The only difference is that the Circuit of the Americas has been specifically designed with that in mind so it should offer an even better experience for the spectators. In terms of the pit and paddock, they are just packing out the foundation material at the moment. There's something like 300 trucks a day coming in and out – big 18-wheelers piled high with materials. There are a lot of high-skilled workers on the site, working in shifts for 12 hours of the day. If they need to up that to longer shifts they will, but at the moment they are confident they are on schedule. F1 FEATURE >>