They’d better get bulldozing quickly!
Organisers of the 2012 United States Grand Prix have been given the go-ahead to begin construction of the Hermann Tilke designed circuit in readiness for the country’s return to hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The local KVUE news agency has confirmed that a conditional approval for construction in the Dry Creek floodplain has been granted, meaning that initial grading work can get underway while the Federal Emergency Management Agency gets aroud to giving its final tick.
“County officials said they anticipate no significant objections from FEMA,” the American Statesman newspaper reports.
And the group has got to get cracking, with construction needing to get going as soon as possible so the event is ready on-time for its first race in less than two years’ time.
They’re certainly going to want to avoid a repeat of the Korean Grand Prix fiasco, when the venue only passed its final FIA safety inspection just two weeks before its maiden race in October. Incredibly, despite the circuit being half-finished and the event copping serious criticism for its disorganisation, it won the FIA gong for the best organised event in 2010!
Another concern organisers of the US GP will have to tackle are the access roads to and from the planned venue, with initial estimations claiming it would take the crowds over 12 hours to leave the area after the Sunday race.
[Original image via Formula 1 United States]