Austin resident at first F1 race in England to attend COTA race

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 7:40 PM

AUSTIN -- An Austin resident originally from England has tickets for this weekend's Formula 1 race.

Peter Morris has tickets to this inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. He was also at the first F1 race in 1950 at Silverstone in England.

"The guy who won that was Nino Farina and who later on in years, designed a car, funny enough, for a company called Austin," Morris said.

Morris bought seats at COTA in a section he says is similar to Silverstone. "There are a bunch of curves, which is maggots and becketts, and they seem to have incorporated that into the track in Austin," Morris said.

Formula 1 driver Mark Webber confirmed Morris' observation. "That first sector is very similar to Silverstone, especially that first part when you go into that first part, turns three and four," Webber said.

Morris says it's actually the same where he sat while at Silverstone in 1950; that was the first Formula 1 Championship Grand Prix.

Currently Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix every year, which Webber won this year. Eight of the 12 Formula 1 teams are based in the United Kingdom.

British Consulate-General Andrew Millar is in Austin promoting British business and F1.

"I think it (F1) will bring an incredible amount of focus from around the world, and it puts Austin right in the center of it. If you look at the other cities that host Formula 1, they are major international cities," Millar said.

"Singapore, Monaco, Abu Dhabi,Brazil, and then you mention Austin, Texas. I think it's fantastic," Morris said.

Brazil hosts the final race of the season the weekend after Morris gets to experience another first.

Click here for information on downtown Austin road closures during Formula 1 weekend.

Click here for travel tips for Formula 1 attendees.

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