The Williams Racing F1 team, partnered by Acronis, will be looking to continue the momentum that has seen them score points in four of the last six races when racing resumes in Austin, Texas.
Fresh from announcing a commitment to become climate positive by 2030 and receiving the prestigious Three-Star Environmental Accreditation award, the Grove based team is certainly in high spirits approaching one of the most well-liked venues on the calendar.
“The Circuit of the Americas is an incredible track and the weekend as a whole in Texas is an incredibly cool experience,” commented race driver George Russell. “Austin is definitely one of my favourites cities we visit on the calendar, so I am really excited to head back to the United States. As a circuit, COTA has lots of character and is so fast and flowing but also bumpy, which adds another challenge. All in all, I’m really looking forward to it.”
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Following a COVID-enforced one-year absence from the FIA Formula One World Championship, teams, drivers and fans alike will be particularly excited about the return to racing at the Circuit of the Americas. The track itself offers an exciting challenge and viewing spectacle as cars sweep up a steep gradient into Turn 1 before tackling a series of fast, sweeping bends and a 1.00km straight that offers overtaking opportunities before the final sector.
“The circuit is very much a tale of two halves, with a very high-speed section at the start of the lap, with the brakes hardly being touched before turn 11,” explains Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance.
“Following the long back straight, the nature of the circuit changes dramatically, finishing with a combination of low-speed corners and the long, almost never-ending turn 16, turn 17, turn 18 combination. The elevation change around the lap is significant and the rapid height gain prior to turn one is the signature incline.
“The circuit tends to change each year, with bumps coming and going as the substrate moves. Although we saw the MotoGP bikes race here a few weeks ago, we won’t really know what the impact of those bumps will be until we run the cars in FP1.”
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