Whiting: Watkins Glen 'wonderful' for F1 - GPUpdate.net
9 March 2016 – Charlie Whiting, Formula 1's Race Director, reckons Watkins Glen would be a "wonderful" track to add to the sport's calendar, after visiting the track on Tuesday.
Whiting travels to Watkins Glen – located in New York state – every three years for a track inspection, and his latest stopover coincided with recent resurfacing work.
"I think that the track looks marvellous," Whiting explained to gathered local television networks in a video published on Watkins Glen's social media channels.
"I am really, really impressed with the work. It has been done to a very, very high standard."
Whiting suggested that Watkins Glen, which hosted the United States Grand Prix from 1961-1980, is capable of staging a Formula 1 race again, providing it can overcome usual hurdles.
"I think it is one of the most charismatic circuits in the US," he said.
"There are newer ones like [current United States Grand Prix host venue] the Circuit of the Americas, but it hasn't got the character that this track has got.
"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful circuit for Formula 1 cars to race on, but we all know [joining the calendar] it is not quite as simple as that.
"As far as circuits in the US go, I think this is right up there."