Tilke's director of the Americas, Christian Epp, tells us that the Austin track incorporates a few sections that might feel familiar to drivers and fans.
Between Turns 12 and 16 is a stretch he
says is similar to the stadium section at Hockenheim. (While Tilke redesigned Hockenheim in 2002, the company did not alter that section.) And, he
says, "Turns 16, 17, and 18 are basically something similar to Istanbul's Turn 8," Istanbul being another ground-up Tilke project.
Alan Wilson-whose wife, Desiré, briefly competed in F1 in the early '80s-is America's Tilke
of sorts, having designed more than 30 tracks.
agrees that safety is a major priority but not for liability reasons.
"The key is to recognize that the superstars come once a year," he
says, while a successful track has to be open year-round (weather permitting).