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Circuit of the Americas

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04/01/2014

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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DETAILS

Circuit of the Americas

Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
Austin
Texas
78617
United States of America

Tel: 1 512 301 6600

Fax:

Official website:
www.circuitoftheamericas.com

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2014)

Length:

5.513km (3.426miles)

Race laps:

56

2013 winner:

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

Configuration:

Anti-clockwise

First GP:

2012

Lap record:

1:39.347 (Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2012)

Type:

Permanent Circuit

Total races:

2

BIOGRAPHY

The 3.427-mile (5.515 km) Circuit of the Americas in Travis County, Texas, near Austin, hosted the United States Grand Prix on November 18, 2012, the penultimate round of the season.

The circuit, first proposed in the middle of 2010, was the first in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One. The layout was conceived by promoter Tavo Hellmund and 1993 Motorcycle World Champion Kevin Schwantz with the assistance of German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

In an episode of Speed TV's Wind Tunnel broadcast in August 2010, Hellmund revealed that the circuit would be made up of twenty turns with an elevation change of 133 feet. The final plan of the circuit was released on September 1, 2010, showing a design inspired by the European tradition of sculpting the circuit to the contours of the land and draws from several European circuits, including a recreation of Silverstone's Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel sequence, Hockenheim's arena bends, and a replica of Istanbul's Turn Eight. Other corners were loosely inspired by the Senna 'S' at Interlagos and the Osterreichring's Sebring-Auspuffkurve.

One of the unique features of the circuit is a deliberate widening of the circuit in the corners, to encourage drivers to follow multiple racing lines. A similar feature has been used at the Buddh International Circuit in India, where the circuit widens on the approach to certain corners.

The circuit runs counter-clockwise, like Marina Bay, the Korea International Circuit, Yas Marina, and Interlagos. Because of this, the track contains more left-hand turns than right-hand ones, and therefore puts greater physical demands on the drivers, particularly on their necks.

Over the years America has had a raw deal from Formula One, but hopefully the inaugural event at the Circuit of the Americas, which was won by Lewis Hamilton and saw Red Bull claim its fourth successive constructors' title, went some way to making up for it. For once the circuit lived up to the hype with action aplenty right throughout the field.

Earlier in the week, the legendary Mario Andretti had said that Formula One finally has a home in America, he appears to be right.

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