Jerome d'Ambrosio takes us aboard his Lotus to make us discover the Austin circuit.
The Lotus reserve driver was in Austin, last Sunday, for the official launch of the Circuit of the Americas, which will host the Grand Prix of the United States in November.
Driving several laps with a Renault R30 (2010) equipped with an onboard camera, the Belgian driver shared his impressions of the new circuit.
Following his time on the track, Jerome d’Ambrosio explains: "There’s a real buzz about the Circuit of The Americas and it was fantastic to get out on track to demonstrate the R30. It’s a very enjoyable layout with a couple of really good places for overtaking, some long fast sweeping ‘S’ corners, and some really good high speed changes of direction like ‘Becketts’ in Silverstone. It was a shame not to get more laps, as an engine issue meant we were unable to continue running, but I had enough time to get a really good feel of the circuit. It’s an enjoyable track for a racing driver and also fantastic for the fans as the viewing areas are very well placed; there should be plenty of action."
The Lotus driver adds: "The first corner is quite special and it will be interesting to see it when people are dicing for position in the race. Austin is a superb city with a great atmosphere, and I think the city will live around Formula 1 for the week of the Grand Prix and that’s something we all can enjoy; it’s really going to be something quite special."