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Circuit of the Americas

Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
United States of America

Tel: 1 512 301 6600


Official website:



5.513km (3.426miles)

Race laps:


2016 winner:

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)



First GP:


Lap record:

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


Permanent Circuit

Total races:



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

2016 marked the fifth United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Prior to this, Lewis Hamilton had three victories, winning for McLaren in 2012 and Mercedes in 2014 and 2015. Sebastian Vettel took victory in 2013. Vettel won from pole. Both of Hamilton's victories came from P2.

Hamilton has won the US Grand Prix at two venues. In 2007, his rookie year, he won the final USGP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Despite the race having been held at six venues, he is the only driver with this distinction.

Those six venues are: Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961- '80), Phoenix (1989-'91), Indianapolis (2000-'07) and finally COTA.

The United States Grand Prix has seen the Drivers' Championship clinched on five previous occasions. Jack Brabham took his first title at the inaugural US GP in 1959. Jochen Rindt became F1's only posthumous world champion when title rival Jacky Ickx finished only fourth in 1970. Emerson Fittipaldi in 1974 and Niki Lauda in 1977 both added their second world titles at the USGP. Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg in 1981 and 1982 respectively, both became world champions on US soil – though both claimed their titles at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won the 2015 title here.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix, also known as the Caesar's Palace Grand Prix is one of five F1 World Championship grands prix held in the US but not given the title US Grand Prix – usually because they were a second or third race in the USA that season. There is also the United States Grand Prix West (1976-1983), held in Long Beach, the Detroit Grand Prix (1982-88) and the Dallas Grand Prix (1984). The Indy 500 was also classed as a (largely honorific) round of the World Championship between 1950 and 1960.

Rubens Barrichello won the 2002 USGP by a margin of 0.011 seconds from Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari formation finish. This is potentially the closest finish in F1 history. Peter Gethin's advantage over Ronnie Peterson at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix is given as 0.01s. The change from two to three decimal places in the timing regime makes it impossible to tell which was closer.

With five wins (2000, 2003-'06), Schumacher is the most successful driver in USGP history. Ferrari are the most successful team with nine wins.

There are no official records for pit stop times but the 1.923s stationary time for Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber at the USGP in 2013 is accepted as being the fastest pit stop in history, breaking Red Bull and Webber's own record of 2.05s, set earlier in 2013 at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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