Circuit of the Americas – track information

Start, Circuit of the Americas, 2012The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas was built to hold the United States Grand Prix and first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2012.

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 data
Lap length 5.513km (3.426 miles)
Race laps 56
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
Car performance
Full throttle 68%
Longest flat-out section 1090m
Downforce level High
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

Circuit of the Americas track map

2013 United States Grand Prix track map

Circuit of the Americas aerial map

Video lap of the Circuit of the Americas