The idea for a race in Austin was conceived by Tavo Hellmund, who formed the initial plan for the track with motorcycling world champion Kevin Schwantz.
F1 track designers Tilke engineering created the finished design which draws inspiration from Silverstone’s Maggots and Becketts sequence early in the lap, and Istanbul’s turn eight later on. Another of the track’s distinctive features is the steep climb towards turn one.
The Circuit of the Americas was the tenth different circuit in America to hold a round of the world championship, but the first time a track had been purpose-built for Formula One.
|Lap length||5.513km (3.426 miles)|
|Race distance||308.728km (191.835 miles)|
|Pole position||Right-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’39.347 (199.773 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2012|
|Fastest lap||1’35.657 (207.479 kph) by Sebastian Vettel, 2012|
|Maximum speed||314kph (195.11 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Pit straight and longest straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||280m|
|Longest flat-out section||1090m|
|Gear changes per lap||54|
|Fuel use per lap||2.5kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.1s|
|Quickest complete pit stop in 2012||20.814s by McLaren (see full list)|
|2013 prime tyre**:||Hard (2012: Medium)|
|2013 option tyre**:||Medium (2012: Hard)|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
**Pirelli’s compounds are softer than those used in 2012
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes