The event’s organisers succeeded in getting provisional planning permission a fortnight ago, having earlier confirmed that construction work will kick off in December.
Works have now started in the form of groundbreaking at the 970-acre site, which will house a circuit designed by Hermann Tilke.
Initial work will involve a small fleet of heavy machinery, with the formative tasks being silt fences, taking earth samples, and staking out the circuit layout.
Organisers have said that F1 authorities are advising them to have the circuit ready for a June 2012 debut, indicating that the race would be paired with the Canadian Grand Prix.
They construction workers had better get moving then, or we might have to get someone in to fix it (above)…!