The Straits Times
Published on Oct 22, 2012

Former F1 champion Andretti christens 'fantastic' Texas racetrack


AUSTIN, Texas (REUTERS) - Former Formula One world champion Mario Andretti took the first full lap around the new Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, pronouncing the 20-turn, 5.15km just-paved race track "absolutely fantastic".

On Nov 18, the purpose-built venue will host the first United States Grand Prix since Indianapolis in 2007.

"It's very green, as you could expect," Andretti, the 1978 Formula One world champion, told Reuters. "You get offline a bit - it's a bit slippery. But that's normal for a new circuit.

Overall, my impression is absolutely fantastic."