Formula One is coming back to the United States, and coming back in a big way. Not only is the circus rolling in to Austin, Texas, this year for the re-inauguration of the United States Grand Prix, but next year, the championship calendar is slated to include a second race – dubbed the Grand Prix of America – at a new track being carved out of city streets at Port Imperial, New Jersey, just across the river from Manhattan.

It will be a while before the track is completed, but that type of minor detail isn't enough to stop a driver like Sebastian Vettel. The defending two-time World Champion headed down to Jersey after the Canadian Grand Prix to drive the proposed layout of the track, which local police were kind enough to close down for the day. Both Vettel and team ambassador David Coulthard pulled some donuts and drove some dignitaries around the circuit-to-be in a pair of Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe models against the New York City backdrop, as you can see for yourself in the high-res image gallery above and the four-and-a-half minutes of B-roll footage (together with the press release) below.




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Sebastian Vettel Becomes First Formula One Star to Drive the New Jersey Circuit

NEW JERSEY, New York - Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel made Formula One history today by becoming the first F1 driver to sample the recently announced Grand Prix Circuit in New Jersey.

Following an inspired performance in the Canadian Grand Prix yesterday, the Red Bull Racing star and Infiniti Global Brand Ambassador drove the street circuit in an Infiniti IPL G Coupe road car ahead of the highly anticipated Grand Prix of America, due to take place in 2013.

Vettel was joined by former Grand Prix winner David Coulthard as the pair completed a number of passenger rides against the iconic Manhattan skyline, set to be a major feature of the race next year.

Leo Hindery, Race Promoter and Keith St. Clair, Director-Infiniti USA Marketing Communications and Media joined Sebastian for a press conference following the demonstration drives.

Commenting on the event, Sebastian Vettel said: "It's been fantastic to be the first to drive the new circuit. I was able to get some good speed up in the Infiniti and it's clear that it is going to be a big challenge in a Formula One car. With such a great setting too, I can't wait to get back here and race in 2013."

Leo Hindery added: "Sebastian got a taste of what racing around the Port Imperial course will be like at 200 miles an hour. We can't wait to host him and the world's other elite drivers with the world's greatest city in the background."


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      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not exactly monaco... or singapore... What's wrong with the many circuits in the US?
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Val
        It's hard to believe in a country as large as the US, with so many beautiful cities they couldn't find some place more scenic to host The United States Grand Prix. 600 million around the world will be watching this race.
          hadji murad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          I'm pretty sure most people in the world think the Manhattan skyline to be the most scenic things to see; that's obviously the backdrop the race promoters and FOM are going to promote. Plus, flying to NYC is easy for foreigners (and Americans), there are world class accomodations intact, and there are plenty of things to do besides going to the race. There are going to be free boat ferries going between Manhattan and New Jersey, from what I've read. This race is all about living it up in New York, which is probably the most impressive city to be showing the world...
          Carbon Fibre
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Agreed, instead some random "jersey shore" like downtown hood bs. Wtf.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
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      XEVIOUS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Were actually pretty lucky to have two F1 races happening in our country. The New Jersey circuit is simular to Monaco. Very quick tight course. wont be alot of passing but once the place is 'Fixed up' it should be pretty impressive. The NY backdrop is nice too. Sure there are more Glamour-exotic places in the states, but finding a street circuit with a waterfront and elevation change isnt easy, not even in san francisco. F1's main problem like any racing in america is dealing with the crabby city/state officials and noise pollusion. and YEAH noise is the one thing thats tremendous in F1 and gloriously addictive. But people that are not use to it, will either HATE it or LOVE it. But the towns that get open well racing usual experience a great financial boom. and investors flock to those areas. youl see.. in 3 years time, that part of NJ will become the hottest property in the entire state.
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay for using the G and not that stupid hotted up FX.
      banan
      • 2 Years Ago
      living only 45 minutes away from here is a very exiting event and can not wit to see it in person. same applies to austin which im definitely making a trip to. i dont know what people are upset about but its a great track. here the tracks layout for all those "haters" and decide for yourselves --------> http://jalopnik.com/new-jersey-f1/
        • 2 Years Ago
        @banan
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      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the idea of F1 coming to the NYC metro area, but aesthetically, this will probably be the worst looking street course in F1. The only good thing aesthetically will obviously be the Manhattan skyline in the backdrop across the river. Union City/Weehawken aren't exactly pretty looking towns, unless you like to look at laundromats and check cashing bail bond places.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guy drives a Formula 1 race car for a living and rolls up to this event in an Infinti?! Ha!
      Echelon Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a joke!!! That location needs about 10 years of major redevelopment before it would be suitable for an F1 race. I mean, you're going past gas stations, run down buildings, and ugly brick row houses of all things! Compared to Monaco, Singapore or Valencia, this would be a complete embarrassment for the USA to host a race there! If F1 wants a track with elevation change, there are plenty more beautiful and glamorous locations in America, and many have a lot more historical significance than some NJ suburb...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      bobbbbby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually Derek D from fast lane daily was the first to drive it.
      mix35
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting that the circuit goes through a neighborhood with houses. Some people were concerned about that. This was on the news here in New York on Monday. Should be fun though, went to the Baltimore Grand Prix last year which was a blast (going again this year). Hopefully the New Jersey one will be just as good
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this car yesterday... weird looking.
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how I can rely on autoblog to ru n a story... eventually. Seriously guys, I would rather you just do a quick blurb and a press release from whatever your source is (with propper attribution and linking) if you can just post it in a timely manner. The whole point of a blog/web type publication is to report in a timely manner. This was announced 2 days ago. Why does it take 2 days to report about it?
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