Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:40 AM
Tuesday, Sep 25 at 5:10 PM
ELROY, Texas -- Despite all the construction underway at Circuit of The Americas, a formal track inspection confirms the track will be ready for inaugural weekend starting Nov. 16.
Charlie Whiting, race director of the governing body of world motorsport, Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), toured the track Tuesday morning. Whiting inspected the course to make sure it is up to F1 standards. He said that from the FIA's perspective, "There is nothing that will keep this race from happening."
The track consists of a series of layers designed to withstand Texas heat, rain and the intense speed of a Formula 1 race car. It has to be skid resistant. It took crews more than a month to set the pavement.
Whiting gave his approval adding that it typically takes three to four years to build a track suitable for F1 racing.
"I'm 100 percent confident that everything will be absolutely fine," Whiting said.
Although the track at COTA is still under the final stages of construction, Whiting says it will be ready by November.
“It's not supposed to be totally ready now but we can see quite clearly that it will be without any problem at all. Everything that I've seen so far has been absolutely first class. The progress that's been made since the last time I was here is amazing. I think the guys out here have done an awesome job. It really is fantastic. Everything is built to the highest quality; exactly as we expected,” said Whiting.
Whiting said he will be back on the Monday before November's race for a final inspection.
Construction continues elsewhere at COTA, including on the Grand Stands and multiple buildings throughout. They are designed for business, education, entertainment and medical needs.
There was concern in November of last year when construction was briefly suspended during a contract dispute, but that apparently didn't delay the project, and now the Circuit of the Americas is less than two months away from hosting the United States Grand Prix.
The F1 race is scheduled for Nov. 16-18.