We sat down with Williams F1 Team Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams on the morning of the 2013 F1 USGP to discuss her new role with the team, social media in Formula 1, and women in motorsport. (Photo credit: Williams F1 Team)
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Two weeks remain for you to enter the Marussia F1 Team and Monster.com Social Media Driver contest.
Gain behind the scenes access, tickets, interview team members, shoot photos and videos and more with Marussia F1 Team at the US Grand Prix in Austin this November!
Check out this video and then click HERE to read how you can attend the USGP as "Social Media Driver"
Join The Austin Grand Prix at Star Bar on Thursday, September 20 to experience the grand prix lifestyle and learn about Formula 1™. Enjoy an evening of networking and education at one of Austin's most stylish venues on West 6th Street as DNA Events transforms Star Bar with high-speed hospitality, with light bites provided by How Do You Roll? Sushi.
We will present an informational piece on what you need to know about F1 so that you'll be ready to watch the Singapore Grand Prix on SPEED TV on Sunday, September 23.
Whether you are just learning about F1 or a long time racing fan, this will be a great opportunity to meet others in anticipation of the United States Grand Prix in Austin this November!
If you would like more information or have questions, email Events[at]TheAustinGrandPrix.com
The following is a special feature from Austin native and long time F1 fan, Dale Daugherty. Dale was the winner of last week's Fan Feature and has offered to share his suggestions to visitors of Austin for the 2012 Formula 1 USGP.
// Formula Fun
Welcome, Formula One fan, to the greatest city in the United States!
Think of me as your friendly, local tour guide. If you find me to be a bit enthusiastic, it’s because I REALLY love my home town… and I am certainly very excited for the 2012 United States Grand Prix! I was born here in 1984, and I have witnessed our evolution from a small Texas city, to a bustling metropolis that constantly finds itself on the nations “Top Ten” lists.
Alexander Rossi was in Austin last week for the Austin Fashion Week kick off event, "Shift Into Style." Before he took to the runway Friday night, we sat down with Alexander and got a deeper understanding of his appreciation for the new American home for F1, Circuit of The Americas.
What we really like about this interview is Alexander's in-depth analysis of a 3D model of the Circuit, explained to us through the experienced eyes of a driver.
Alexander also autographed some COME AND RACE IT stickers and shirts - keep your eyes peeled for this great giveaway!
For a more in-depth look into Alexander's role as American racing driver, check out: ALEXANDER ROSSI TO JOIN AUSTIN FASHION EVENT.
// A TEXAS-SIZED THANK YOU TO ALEXANDER ROSSI AND TEAM FOR THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH AUSTIN & F1 FANS WORLDWIDE!
// Echelon Paving
The final paving process is now underway at Circuit of The Americas. As explained in the video above, there are two integral layers of asphalt to be set into place before the FIA Inspection on September 25.
The first layer of asphalt, known as the base course, has been installed sporadically (yet intentionally) around the track over the past several months. Between Turns 1 and 11, the track is restricted so that crews can prepare the surface to receive its second layer. Just last week, the final section of the base course was set between turns 20 and 1 in a "marriage ceremony," where the existing asphalt at Turn 1 was merged with the new layer. Following this milestone, the paving process will become more difficult and complex in order to achieve the strict Grade 1 FIA specifications.
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In collaboration with Tilke GmbH, Austin Commercial will orchestrate this process, known as "echelon paving," with three to four machines running simultaneously. Each layer will require 7-12 days to complete and take around 60 workers, or almost 10% percent of the onsite crew. The echelon technique ensures a seamless track, free of any distortions and a perfect surface that will help Formula 1 and other racing series drive safely and achieve top performance.
Inspection of the track is scheduled for September 25, when FIA Safety Delgate and Race Director Charlie Whiting will return to Austin for a closer look at the surface and various safety components. According to Juilie Loignon, COTA Vice President of Public and Community Relations, all preparations are underway to ensure the circuit meets the intense specifications to host the Formula 1 race in November.
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