The first day at a new circuit is always interesting, and very often it is not indicative of the form to follow. However, with Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull blitzing the field things look promising for the young German.
Vettel posted a time almost one and a half seconds ahead of the opposition in the first session, and then sat out of most of the second with a water leak. He joined the fun for the last half hour and was three quarters of a second up on team mate Mark Webber when the flag fell.
Fernando Alonso, in the Ferrari, and the McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, did not appear to have an answer for the pace of the Red Bull.
The Circuit of the Americas has been given a cautious thumbs-up by all present, with my friend Filip Cleeren – of http://www.funstillexists.com/ – reporting that the city of Austin is ‘buzzing’. The seats are reportedly sold out, and the track is as demanding as any on the calendar.
Whether or not the race can provide the entertainment needed to convince a largely apathetic US audience remains to be seen, as the drivers have expressed the opinion that overtaking will be difficult.
Still, it is good to see F1 in America, let’s hope it proves to be a hit.