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Circuit of The Americas layout & records

Circuit Details Lap Record Pole Record
Location: Houston, USA Lap Record: 1:39.347 min Record Pole: 1:35.657 min
Race: US Grand Prix Date: 18 November 2012 Date: 17 Novermber 2012
Used Since: 2012 F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Type: Closed Cricuit F1 Car: Red Bull RB8 F1 Car: Red Bull RB8
 Lap Dist.: 5.513 km Speed: 199,881 km/h Speed: 207,592 km/h

 

Circuit of The Americas Layout
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Circuit of the Americas: Three turns in detail

Circuit of The Americas layout & records

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.

Circuit of The Americas layout & records

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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 United States F1 GP result 2 November 1 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Nico Rosberg
3 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Daniel Ricciardo
Circuit of The Americas layout & records Mercedes
Circuit of The Americas layout & records Mercedes
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2013 2013 United States F1 GP result 17 November 1 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Romain Grosjean
3 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Mark Webber
Circuit of The Americas layout & records Red Bull
Circuit of The Americas layout & records Lotus F1
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2012 2012 United States Grand Prix result 18 November 1 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Circuit of The Americas layout & records Fernando Alonso
Circuit of The Americas layout & records McLaren
Circuit of The Americas layout & records Red Bull
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