Video: Austin F1 race track finally breaks ground

Formula One’s return to American soil is scheduled for 2012, but as of now, the site that’s going to host the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas is still nothing more than just a patch of dirt with no resemblance of the actual race track.

Deadline’s a little under two years away so we can only hope that they’re already doing something to break ground on the site. The plan was for that to start happening last December and to their credit, they seem to have made their target after construction equipment was spotted in the land before the year ended. Let’s just hope that with the constrained timetable, they’ll be able to work hard enough to finish the track before the summer of 2012, around the time the F1 circus hits the US once again.

If you’re looking for any updates on the track, the Statesman has released a video reporting the progress being made on the track with a few sound bytes from the construction crew that’s already hard at work in laying the ground for the future Formula One race track.


Source: Statesman

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  (383) posted on 03.28.2011

Nice! I think two years is just enough to prepare the whole race track. However, the current Grand Prix is in the Melbourne. And i do wonder what happen to the Bahrain Grand Prix.

  (377) posted on 03.11.2011

haha. Let just hope that same thing will happen to USF1 team. Austin has a lot of hippies. So don’t be surprised.

  (444) posted on 01.9.2011

Any new race track being built anywhere for any reason is just fine by me...but hey, now I’ll be following this closely now I know F1 coming...

  (692) posted on 01.6.2011

so how long before people start buying houses and property in the vicinity and then start complaining about the noise.

  (777) posted on 01.6.2011

When all is said and done, Bernie and his cronies will walk away from this failed venture with pockets full of public money. And the public will have a facility that does nothing to benefit ordinary working folks.

  (89) posted on 01.6.2011

I hope it will be a speed track, combined with some twisted shapes just to keep the drivers wake smiley

  (70) posted on 01.6.2011

I don;t think it’s planned yet... the shape of the circuit.

I think the US has payed big money to bring F1 in the country so they can make more money.

Probably no one knows what it will look like, the important think is to build it as fast as possible so they can start making money!

  (111) posted on 01.6.2011

Any ideea of the shape of this new track?

  (45) posted on 01.6.2011

The speed to build a track will be astonishing... any slow process would be because of the bad weather (rain, snow, cold), or from lack of finance.

Nowadays there are teams building 2-3 skyscrapers floors in one day! smiley

  (151) posted on 01.6.2011

Very nice. I hope you guis will document this construction and show us more video. I find it fascinating to see the process of building from scratch.

  (409) posted on 01.5.2011

well for sure they’ll prioritize the quality of the race track, beside you are in US soil expect that the safety regulations here are very strict when it comes to construction.

  (453) posted on 01.5.2011

2 year? and good luck for them, I wish they’ll still have the quality of the track with that span of time.

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