Double Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has described the prospect of a grand prix in the shadow of New York as “a dream”.
An announcement on Tuesday said that a 10-year agreement has been signed with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with the race to debut in 2013.
It will be known as the Grand Prix of America, in contrast to the United States Grand Prix to take place at a purpose-built track in Austin, Texas, next season.
The 3.2-mile street circuit in New Jersey will run alongside the Hudson River, with Manhattan serving as a backdrop. The news, confirmed today by Ecclestone who described the plans as “perfect, super”, has ignited the imagination of the F1 fraternity.
Vettel, speaking ahead of this weekend’s inaugural event in India, said: “It’s very exciting. In many ways it’s a dream, not just for the organisation, but also the drivers.
“To have a grand prix in one of the most famous cities in the world is something special, different. And where do you reach more people than in New York? So it’s great.”
Lewis Hamilton’s reaction was summed up in one word - “Mega!”.
The McLaren star added: “I’ve been waiting for a race there, which I’m sure will be able to compete with somewhere like Singapore.
“If they did it at night time that would be even better, but right now I’m massively excited. I really hope we get to have two grands prix in the States because there is a huge following and it is an area where we should be.”