United States Grand Prix 3th November

Austin, Texas

The circuit

The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) debuted in 2012 and soon became one of the highlights of the Formula One calendar for its dramatic natural elevation changes and the stunning facilities. COTA’s 20 turns are inspired by iconic parts of other circuits, such as Silverstone’s Maggots, Hockenheim’s Arena, and Istanbul’s turn 8. The uphill entrance to the hairpin turn 1 has made the unique corner a signature feature of this exciting circuit. Looking at the layout, the track has more fast corners than Spa-Francorchamps and more slow corners than the Hungaroring, the combination of which makes it a complex engineering challenge. The highest point on the lap is turn 1, which has a steep uphill approach and a blind entry. Sector 1 is characterised by five fast sweeping corners. Sector 2 contains a 1 km straight. Sector 3 has a combination of slow corners and a multi-apex right-hander, through which the drivers are exposed to forces of 4g for a period of five seconds.

The atmosphere

In addition to the exciting on-track action fans can enjoy at this location, this visually stunning circuit, designed by the renowned German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke, never fails to impress with the unique atmosphere that surrounds the event. With performances by international music artists, a spectacular opening ceremony, and engaging activities both on- and off-track, this Grand Prix is one that guarantees all-round entertainment.

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2012
First Grand Prix
5.513km
Circuit length
1:37.766
Lap record (Sebastian Vettel - 2017)
56
Number of laps