Watkins Glen a 'wonderful circuit' for F1 - Whiting

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting says the newly repaved Watkins Glen circuit would be a 'wonderful circuit' for grand prix cars to race on, following a track inspection on Tuesday.

Watkins Glen a 'wonderful circuit' for F1 - Whiting
Watkins Glen ready for practice
Wide view of Watkins Glen
Justin Allgaier, HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Justin Allgaier, HScott Motorsports Chevrolet and Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Charlie Whiting, race and safety director, inspects the circuit

Whiting visits the Watkins Glen facility in New York state every few years for a circuit inspection – and this year it happened to coincidence with resurfacing work that the venue had recently completed.

Speaking to local television stations, Whiting said he was delighted with the efforts that had been made.

"I think the track looks marvellous," he said. "I am really, really impressed with the work that has been done. It has been done to a very, very high standard."

In subsequent comments that prompted intrigue on social media, he suggested that Watkins Glen had everything needed to justify putting on an F1 race – but obviously would need some financial backing.

"I think it is one of the most charismatic circuits in the US," he said. "There are newer ones like the Circuit of the Americas but it hasn't got the character that this has got.

"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful circuit for F1 cars to race on – but we all know it is not quite as simple as that. As far as circuits in the US go, this is right up there."

He added: "It is always a pleasure to come over and see how things are done over here, to see how well things can be done without going to the silly levels of some of the modern tracks that get built by very wealthy governments – what we see here is an absolute gem of a track. It has got heritage and that is what I like."

Watkins Glen hosted the United States Grand Prix for 20 consecutive years from 1961 to 1980.

Austin announcement

Whiting's visit prompted speculation that Watkins Glens could be getting lined up for an F1 coup, but the circuit played the matter down on social media.

Furthermore, Austin chiefs are expected to announce at a press conference on Wednesday that their deal to keep hold of the United States Grand Prix is now in place after months of uncertainty.

shares
comments
Williams has “ambition” to take on Mercedes, says Massa

Previous article

Williams has “ambition” to take on Mercedes, says Massa

Next article

Porsche has "shown F1 teams how to go testing" – Webber

Porsche has "shown F1 teams how to go testing" – Webber
Load comments
How Verstappen has become F1 champion material Prime

How Verstappen has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle Prime

Why long-run times should please Red Bull in Austin F1 battle

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be set to be another close contest.

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Prime

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Prime

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Prime

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. Kevin Turner looks back at the life of Switzerland's first F1 winner on the 50th anniversary of his death

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Prime

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Prime

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021