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Video: First laps on the Circuit of the Americas, onboard Andretti, d’Ambrosio


By Berthold Bouman

Yesterday Grand Prix Journal reported the Circuit Of the Americas (COTA) was officially opened by 1978 Formula One World Champion Mario Andretti, who drove the first lap on the circuit in a Lotus 79, later followed by Lotus’ test and reserve driver Jerome d’Ambrosio who drove a Lotus Renault R30. On both occasions onboard cameras recorded the event, see below.

Jerome d’Ambrosio, Lotus with cameras on the car

Andretti commented about the circuit, “It’s everything I expected, and more. You can tell that there was a lot of thought put into the design of this course. The track is extremely technical, with 3.4 miles of real estate to learn. And that’s what we’re doing all day out here. With each and every lap, the driver learns a little bit more. But quite honestly, I think the track is phenomenal.

“It has all the features that race car drivers are looking for, as far as giving them the opportunity to overtake other drivers in the tighter corner. But then it widens out so there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre. So bottom line, there should be some really terrific racing out here in the months and years to come!”

Circuit Of the Americas – First lap Mario Andretti – Lotus 79 – Video COTA

Circuit Of the Americas – First Lap Jerome d’Ambrosio Lotus Renault R30 with commentary – Video COTA

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