Vettel: Austin track the perfect mix

Sebastian Vettel has billed the Circuit of the Americas as the perfect combination of other track’s famous corners.

Formula 1 headed to Austin for the first time in 2012, a race won by Lewis Hamilton. However, a year later it was Vettel who was on the top step of the podium.

The Red Bull driver raced from pole position to the chequered flag to continue his impressive form at a track where he also holds the lap record.

As to be expected, Vettel is a fan of the circuit, which mimics many of the corners found at other famous venues.

He said: “The Circuit of the Americas is a track I like a lot; it has 20 corners and we drive it anti-clockwise. The start/finish straight has a steep incline up to the first corner and is the trademark of the track. For us that means the braking starts uphill, which is not easy and locking the front tyres could be a problem.

“A lot of the corner combinations remind me of other famous circuits on the race calendar. For example the fast combination during the first part of the track feels like Silverstone and Suzuka.

“The famous Maggotts and Becketts passages were used as a model for this part of the track and the drivers enjoy the extremely fast turns, when the car is balanced right.

“Also corners 12 and 15, this section was taken from the Motodrom in Hockenheim. It is a slower part of the track, and is designed to create more of a stadium atmosphere. The long bend also reminds of the famous turn 8 in Istanbul.”

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