A full lap of the Grand Prix of America track

Grand Prix of America street circuit, New Jersey

What we really wanted from Sebastian Vettel’s visit to New Jersey, was footage of him driving a full lap of the 5.14km Port Imperial street circuit. We didn’t get it.

However, determined to achieve our goal, we trawled YouTube and found this clip produced by The F1 Show podcast. Filmed a couple of months ago the guys manage to give us brief look at construction progress for the pitlane complex as well as a full lap of the track.

It’s a bit like driving around Albert Park in Melbourne in that you have to negotiate traffic lights and so on, but it’s still the best preview of the track we’ve seen so far. And by the looks of it the Weehawken track will be a belter. There’s steep climbs, fast and flowing corners as well as the technical sections usually expected from street circuits.

We can see why Vettel has likened the track to Spa and also why some “big balls” will be needed to nail a fast lap time.