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GP Week : Issue 122
In the afternoon we took a helicopter ride over the circuit to get photos of the corners as well as an overall picture of the circuit. The site is very close to the airport so our pilot had to keep in touch with air- traffic control to make sure we didn't fly too high. In the end we managed to get up to 2,300 feet, which gives you a good idea of the land surrounding the circuit. One thing that is abundantly clear is that there is plenty of room for expansion for racing schools, technology colleges, hotels and whatever else the circuit brings to the local area. Once we'd finished the tour at about 4pm, our guides told us that we had to go to Wild Bubba's Burgers about a mile away from the circuit itself. It was quite something ... as they had alligator burgers, ostrich burgers and even an F1 burger! Inside they had walls of the restaurant dedicated to Tilke and the new circuit and they promised they'd dedicate one to Sutton Images if we sent them some of our work! It was a bizarre little place, but a good sign that the local people will embrace the sport when it comes to town. Definitely worth the visit. Overall, the city of Austin is a great place to visit, with plenty of museums and monuments to visit. The skyline isn't as built up as some American cities, but it's an easy place to get around and has more than enough to keep the F1 circus entertained when it turns up next year. Personally, I can't wait to get back, and judging by what I saw it should be a great success. Bruce Knox (left), Executive Vice President, Circuit of The Americas, and Tavo Hellmund, founding partner.