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Circuit of The Americas layout & records

Circuit of the Americas Details

Location:Circuit of the Americas Austin, Texas, USA
Race:US Grand Prix
Used Since:2012
Type:Closed Cricuit
 Lap Distance:5.513 km

COTA Lap Record

Lap Record:1:39.347 min
Date:18 November 2012
F1 Driver:Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car:Red Bull RB8
Speed:199,881 km/h

COTA Pole Record

Record Pole:1:33,108 min
Date:22 October 2017
F1 Driver:Lewis Hamilton
F1 Car:Mercedes W08
Speed:213,159 km/h
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Circuit of The Americas Layout

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Circuit of the Americas: Three corners in detail

Start 2012 GP of USA

Start 2012 US F1 GP

Turn one
Turn one in Austin is one of the greatest first corners of the season. The run from pole is 500m but the track goes steeply uphill, with the turn-in point for the corner at the crest.

Gear ratios will be spaced out here to give the driver strong acceleration up the hill without losing any speed at maximum velocity. At the top of the hill the Circuit of the Americas very wide and drivers can choose different lines for the SS.

Just when the driver brakes for the hairpin, the load running through the car is suddenly released, which can cause massive instability if the engine is not completely in phase with the mechanical set-up of the car.

The SS of Circuit of the Americas

The SS of Circuit of the Americas

Turns 2 to 4
After the first corner the driver goes back up through the gears to reach seventh for turns 2, 3 and 4, which are taken flat out with an average speed of 280kph. Similar to Maggots and Becketts at Silverstone and the Esses at Suzuka, the driver needs to be precise on the throttle and carry the speed all the way through rather than brake and accelerate.

The engine needs to be correspondingly smooth throughout the turns, delivering constant levels of torque. If the engine is too aggressive the car will be unstable and ‘bitey’ on turn in, which will only lose time and wear the tyres quicker.

Turns 11 to 12
Similar to Abu Dhabi and Korea, the longest straight is not the pit straight. In Austin it is the burst between turns 11 and 12. The straight here is 1,016m, meaning the engines will spend a touch over 13secs at wide open throttle with a top speed of around 315kph, which will be held for 2.5secs.

Since this straight runs in a different direction to the pit straight, selecting seventh gear will depend on wind direction on the day. Selection for the one may compromise end of straight speed for the other, so ambient conditions will be carefully monitored throughout Friday practice to find the optimum ratio.

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on Circuit of The Americas

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20172017 US F1 GP result22nd of October1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
56
56
56
20162016 US F1 GP result23th of October1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
56
56
56
20152015 US F1 GP result25 October1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
56
56
56
20142014 United States F1 GP result2 November1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
56
56
56
20132013 United States F1 GP result17 November1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd France Romain Grosjean
3rd Australia Mark Webber
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
Austria Red Bull
56
56
56
20122012 United States Grand Prix result18 November1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
56
56
56

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