Circuit of the Americas, 2012

Circuit of the Americas – track information

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 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 (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
Car performance
Full throttle 59%
Longest flat-out section 1090m
Downforce level Medium
Gear changes per lap 66
Fuel use per lap 1.88kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel 0.071s
Strategy
Pit lane time loss 18.6s
Tyres: Drivers’ tyre selections

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

Circuit of the Americas track map

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Circuit of the Americas aerial map

Video lap of the Circuit of the Americas

http://youtu.be/pXbNEVRmgo8

Circuit of the Americas pictures