Raikkonen a Fan of Circuit of the Americas

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Kimi Raikkonen discussed the layout of the Circuit of the Americas, home of the United States Grand Prix, and admitted the design allows for great racing.

The 3.427-mile, 20-turn permanent road course has been hosting Formula 1 since 2012 and has become a favorite among teams and drivers with its steep uphill opening corner, a mix of fast-flowing corners, continuous elevation changes, long straightaways and a triple-apex right hander to go along with a few heavy braking zones.

In four attempts at the Austin-based track, the 37-year-old Finn and Ferrari driver has never finished better than sixth, but that hasn’t discouraged his opinion of complementing it.

“It’s a nice circuit,” said Raikkonen. “They put a good design in it, plus it has uphill sections and it’s not just flat. I think it makes it more interesting.

“Obviously it’s possible to overtake during the race but it’s quite a short uphill for this. It helps to slow down the car and with the braking, but the corner is not the easiest one. However, it’s a good circuit for making an exciting race.”

The 2007 F1 World Champion added that the location of F1’s only trip to the United States is in a prime location and that last year’s rain-tortured event was unfortunate, but that is how it goes sometimes.

“Austin is a nice city, a nice place for the US Grand Prix with a lot of people.

“Last year we had a very bad weather during most of the weekend. It was not very nice for any of us, drivers and spectators, but it’s part of the game.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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