Circuit of The Americas Layout & Records

Circuit of the Americas Details
Location:Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas wiki info & track details USA
Event:US Grand Prix
Used Since:2012
Type:Closed Cricuit
 Lap Distance:5.513 km

COTA Lap Record

Lap Record:1:36.169 min
Date:3 November 2019
F1 Driver:Charles Leclerc
F1 Car:Ferrari SF90
Speed:206.374 km/h

COTA Pole Record

Record Pole:1:32.029 min
Date:2 November 2019
F1 Driver:Valtteri Bottas
F1 Car:Mercedes W10
Speed:215.658 km/h
Onboard Lap COTA

Circuit of the Americas onboard video

COTA, Austin, USA

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 280km/h. 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 315km/h, 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.

Driver Ranking


Driver Ranking Circuit of the Americas

DriverGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton85117312.41.8170
2Germany Sebastian Vettel81214256.05.4106
3Finland Kimi Räikkönen71012008.49.948
4Finland Valtteri Bottas71001106.18.459
5Germany Nico Rosberg50303216.65.656
6Netherlands Max Verstappen501120013.26.657
7France Romain Grosjean801010011.111.825
8Australia Daniel Ricciardo80022007.09.939
9Spain Fernando Alonso70011008.79.343
10Australia Mark Webber20011002.513.015
11Brazil Felipe Massa60000009.08.832
12Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.500000011.07.030
13Mexico Sergio Pérez800000011.09.329
14Germany Nico Hülkenberg80000009.012.622
15United Kingdom Jenson Button500000013.88.421
16Monaco Charles Leclerc20000016.59.513
17Thailand Alexander Albon10000006.05.010
18France Esteban Ocon300000011.314.38
19Venezuela Pastor Maldonado400000012.010.87
20United Kingdom Lando Norris10000008.07.06
21Denmark Kevin Magnussen500000013.214.84
22Brazil Felipe Nasr200000015.012.02
23New Zealand Brendon Hartley200000019.511.02
24France Jean-Eric Vergne300000014.016.72
25Brazil Bruno Senna100000010.010.01
26Sweden Marcus Ericsson400000014.813.51
27Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat500000011.612.21
28United Kingdom George Russell100000018.017.00
29India Narain Karthikeyan100000024.022.00
30United States Alexander Rossi100000017.012.00
31Germany Michael Schumacher10000005.016.00
32United Kingdom Max Chilton100000021.021.00
33Germany Timo Glock100000019.019.00
34Japan Kamui Kobayashi100000016.014.00
35Poland Robert Kubica100000019.019.00
36Spain Pedro de la Rosa100000023.021.00
37Netherlands Giedo van der Garde100000018.019.00
38Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin100000014.013.00
39Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov100000021.017.00
40United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer100000015.013.00
41Italy Antonio Giovinazzi100000016.014.00
42France Jules Bianchi100000019.018.00
43United Kingdom Will Stevens100000019.020.00
44Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne200000018.511.50
45France Charles Pic200000021.020.00
46Germany Adrian Sutil200000012.520.00
47France Pierre Gasly200000014.514.00
48United Kingdom Paul di Resta200000012.015.00
49Germany Pascal Wehrlein200000017.018.00
50Finland Heikki Kovalainen200000015.016.00
51Canada Lance Stroll300000014.712.70
52Mexico Esteban Gutierrez300000016.316.00

Team Ranking


Team Ranking Circuit of the Americas

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1Germany Mercedes854110623.94.3246
2Austria Red Bull81247237.08.3150
3Italy Ferrari81135037.17.4155
4United Kingdom McLaren810010011.29.276
5United Kingdom Lotus F140101008.99.437
6United Kingdom Williams800000011.412.237
7Italy Toro Rosso800000014.411.831
8France Renault400000012.010.030
9India Force India60000009.513.030
10Switzerland Sauber700000013.613.411
11United Kingdom Racing Point200000012.512.55
12United States Haas400000013.416.41
13Spain HRT100000023.521.50
14Switzerland Alfa Romeo100000016.512.50
15United Kingdom Caterham200000020.818.50
16United Kingdom Manor400000019.618.10

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