COTA set to provide Vettel with a dose of nostalgia

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Sebastian Vettel is relishing next weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas, saying that the track features many of the best sections from some of his favorite venues in Formula 1.

When the circuit was designed ahead of the first race at COTA in 2012, it intentionally mixed some of its own defining features (such as the steep incline at turn one) with those from classic circuits such as Silverstone, Suzuka and Hockenheim.

After his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo said earlier this week that the United States GP was his favorite race of the season, Vettel was also full of praise for the event in Austin, Texas.

“Austin is a fun city where you get a real feel for the Texan lifestyle and traditions and get to race on a great track,” Vettel said in Red Bull’s grand prix preview. “The Circuit of the Americas is a track I like a lot. It has 20 corners and we drive it anti-clockwise. The start/finish straight has a steep incline up to the first corner and is the trademark of the track. For us that means the braking starts uphill, which is not easy and locking the front tires could be a problem.

“A lot of the corner combinations remind me of other famous circuits on the race calendar. For example the fast combination during the first part of the track feels like Silverstone and Suzuka. The famous Maggotts and Becketts passages were used as a model for this part of the track and the drivers enjoy the extremely fast turns, when the car is balanced right.

“Also corners 12 and 15, this section was taken from the Motodrom in Hockenheim. It is a slower part of the track, and is designed to create more of a stadium atmosphere. The long bend also reminds of the famous turn 8 in Istanbul.”

Vettel won last year’s event at COTA (pictured) ahead of Romain Grosjean and Mark Webber, and although his hopes of a second victory in Austin may be slim in 2014, he’ll be pushing to finish the season and his tenure with Red Bull in the best possible fashion.