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Formula 1 News: Portions of COTA will need repaving again for F1

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is set to host the United States Grand Prix on October 20, but the ground continues to settle, and the track will need some repaving.

NASCAR just raced at COTA this past weekend. NASCAR star Denny Hamlin has issued a stark warning about the conditions at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. He thinks Formula 1 cars might be “destroyed” during their race this October due to the rough state of the track.

After finishing 14th, he revealed he was shocked by the bumpy surface.

Sharing his thoughts on his ‘Actions Detrimental’ podcast, Hamlin said: “I find it’s going to be very hard to believe that F1 cars are going to run this track. It is so bumpy, they’re just going to be bouncing like crazy.

“It is so bumpy now, compared to even what it was. Just every year it gets bumpier and bumpier, and they paved part of the track but it’s like they didn’t grade it, they just did an SMI pave where they just take the top two inches off.

“When I think a re-pave, you take all the asphalt out, you re-grade it so it’s flat then you pave. Talladega did that.

“It’s got tons of bumps, and while it’s very interesting for NASCAR, I think the NASCAR cars actually fit best on bumpy type surfaces like that, I just find as low as the F1 cars are to the ground and how precise, I just don’t see how they make it through without just destroying their cars.”

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