Thursday, November 15, 2012

Austin: United States Grand Prix Preview



Turn One at Circuit of the Americas / CircuitoftheAmericas.com

The most anticipated weekend of the F1 calendar takes place this weekend in Austin, TX- the United States Grand Prix! It is the 19th round of the series' season and the first time that Formula One has raced in the U.S. since 2007. Austin will be the 10th city to host a Grand Prix in the U.S. and joins a host of other cities to open their doors to F1 including: Sebring in Florida, Watkins Glen in New York, Riverside and Long Beach in California, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix and Indianapolis.

Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a purpose-built, 20-turn F1 facility located just 15 miles outside of downtown Austin. The biggest challenge of this weekend's race is that none of the current drivers have yet to drive the circuit. Each team has had to rely on simulator data to provide them with information for the upcoming weekend preparations.

As the the circuit is so new, the grip will be low during the early stages of the weekend with free practice beginning tomorrow. That should improve throughout the event. Tomorrow's workouts will be intense as drivers get their first taste of COTA pavement beneath their cars.

As spectacular a spoiler as Kimi (I-know-what-i'm-doing) Raikkonen was last weekend in Abu Dhabi, the drivers championship comes down to the red of Ferrari and Fernando Alonso and the blue of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull!

Join the staff of  Skirts and Scuffs as we follow this inaugural Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The weather outlook for the weekend is beautiful with highs ranging from 62°-74° degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the upper 40s°-58° in the evenings. You can keep up with daily weather changes here.

Here is your Formula One Time Table:

(All times Central, and televised on SPEED)

Friday:

Practice session 1: 09:00 - 10:30
Practice session 2: 13:00 - 14:40

Saturday

Practice session 3: 09:00-10:00
Qualifying: 12:00- 13:00


Sunday

Drivers Parade: 11:30
Race: 13:00- 15:00
Followed by podium interviews and press conference. 

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