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Circuit of the Americas

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02/01/2018

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 2018)

Length:

5.513km (3.426miles)

Race laps:

56

2017 winner:

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Configuration:

Anti-clockwise

First GP:

2012

Lap record:

1:37.766 (Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2017)

Type:

Permanent Circuit

Total races:

6

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.

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

Fast Facts - Provided by the FIA

2017 marked the 39th F1 United States Grand Prix and the sixth to be held at the Circuit of the Americas, the race having been hosted at the Austin circuit since 2012. The race has also been held at Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961-80), Phoenix (1989-1991),
and at Indianapolis (2000- 2007).

The most successful drivers at the US GP are Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, with five wins each. All of Schumacher's victories were scored in Indianapolis (2000, 2003-'06). While Hamilton scored his first US GP win in Indianapolis in 2007, he has since won four times in Austin (2012, 2014-'16). Other than Hamilton, only one man has won at COTASebastian Vettel at the wheel of a Red Bull in 2013.

A win for Hamilton on Sunday would mean Vettel would need to finish fifth or better to keep the title fight alive. Should the Mercedes driver finish second, he will be champion if his Ferrari rival finishes ninth or lower. Should Hamilton become champion elect on Sunday it will be the second time he has wrapped up a title at COTA. Victory in the 2015 United States Grand Prix handed him the title with three rounds in hand.

Mercedes can also wrap up the Constructors' Championship in Austin. In order to keep the title fight alive, Ferrari must score 17 more points at the Circuit of the Americas than Mercedes. That has happened just once this season, in Monaco, when Ferrari scored 43 points to Mercedes' 18.

Brendon Hartley makes his grand prix debut this weekend for Toro Rosso. The 27-year-old will be the first New Zealander to race in Formula One since Mike Thackwell at the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix. A World Endurance Championship winner in 2015, a winner of this year's Le Mans 24 Hours and the current WEC series leader as one third of the crew of the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Hartley has also driven F1 machinery before. A former Red Bull Junior, he tested for Red Bull Racing at Jerez in 2008, for Toro Rosso on two days at the same circuit the following December and most recently he tested a Mercedes W03 in 2012 at Magny Cours.

Five drivers have scored a maiden F1 win at the US Grand Prix. Bruce McLaren won for the first time in 1959 at Sebring, while at Watkins Glen there were first career wins for Innes Ireland in 1961, Jochen Rindt in 1969, Emerson Fittipaldi in 1970, and François Cevert in 1971.

Ferrari is the most successful constructor at the United States Grand Prix, with nine victories. The Italian team scored three wins at Watkins Glen (1975, '78, '79) and six at Indianapolis, with Rubens Barrichello (2002) adding to Schumacher's tally. The most successful constructors at COTA is Mercedes with three wins, courtesy of Hamilton across the last three years.

No edition of the US GP at COTA has been won from further back than the front row of the grid. Vettel won from pole in 2012, as did Hamilton last year. The Briton won from P2 in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

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