United States GP

Austin Texas

03/11

Circuit of The Americas, Austin

Formula 1 returned to the United States in 2012, at a brand new venue, the Circuit of the Americas, a spectacular facility with a 5.513 km track, whose corners recall various classics from around the world. The vertiginous climb to the first corner reminds one of the old Austrian circuit, then there’s a section of flowing turns that resembles Suzuka, and it reprises the script of many of the new breed of circuit with its hard braking points at the end of long straights. It’s a popular venue with the drivers, partly because it requires a compromise to get a car that is good in the corners but also competitive down the straights.

The first sector
After the vertiginous climb up to turn 1, there’s a wonderful and definitely demanding section from turns three to six, which needs to be tackled with precision to get a good lap time.

Turn 11
The second sector is the one with the overtaking opportunities, making the most of the long straight and the DRS, that can help all the way to the right angle turn 12. It’s vital therefore to get a good exit out of the hairpin.

United States Grand Prix in numbers

United States Grand Prix Historic Standings from 1959
Race wins
Pole Positions
Fastest Laps
Podium
The Track

Turns

Max speed

DRS

Sectors

Circuit length
5.513 m
Lap record
1:37.392
L.Hamilton 2018
1975 Lauda 312 T
1978 Reutemann 312 T3
1979 Villeneuve 312 T4
2000 Schumacher F1-2000
2002 Barrichello F2002
2003 Schumacher F2003 - GA
2004 Schumacher F2004
2005 Schumacher F2005
2006 Schumacher 248 F1
2018 Kimi Raikkonen SF71H
1970 Ickx 312 B
1975 Lauda 312 T
2000 Schumacher F1-2000
2001 Schumacher F2001
2002 Schumacher F2002
2004 Barrichello F2004
2006 Schumacher 248 F1
1970 Ickx 312 B
1971 Ickx 312 B2
1991 Alesi F1-91
2002 Barrichello F2002
2003 Schumacher F2003 - GA
2004 Barrichello F2004
2005 Schumacher F2005
2006 Schumacher 248 F1
2007 Raikkonen F2007
2016 Vettel SF16-H
2017 Vettel SF70H