Texas’ Circuit of the Americas has been given the green light to stage its inaugural United States Grand Prix in November, after it passed its final FIA inspection overnight.

The Austin circuit was visited by the FIA’s chief delegate, Charlie Whiting, who awarded the venue the Grade 1 rating it needs to be able to stage a Formula 1 race.

“Everything that I’ve seen so far has been absolutely first class, and the progress that’s been made since the last time that I was here is amazing,” Whiting told the attending media.

Whiting addresses the local media and praises the track's layout“The guys have done an awesome job – it really is quite fantastic! It’s built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I’ve got absolutely no complaints whatsoever.”

Whiting will perform a final inspection in the week leading up to the November 18 race, and he was quick to praise the track’s Hermann Tilke design, which he believes will provide plenty of overtaking opportunities.

“There are three to four corners that are very likely to see overtaking," he added. “If you look at Turn 1, you’ll see that the turns have been designed so that they’re extremely wide and the apex is very short.

“It’s a very modern approach to slow corners where we hope overtaking will take place. So I’m very confident it will work well.

“Turn 1 is awesome. It’s the only word I can think of to describe it, and I think drivers and teams coming here for the first time will say the same thing.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.