The 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.
Circuit of the Americas track data
|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 (Sebastian Vettel, 2012)|
|Fastest lap||1’34.999 (Lewis Hamilton, 2016, qualifying three)|
|Maximum speed||333kph (206.917 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||First and second straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||364m|
|Longest flat-out section||1090m|
|Gear changes per lap||66|
|Fuel use per lap||1.88kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.071s|
|Pit lane time loss||18.6s|
|Tyres:||Drivers’ tyre selections|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes