UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS - AUSTIN

20/10/2023

FP1: 12:30 - 13:30 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:30

21/10/2023

FP2: 13:00 - 14:00 / SPRINT: 17:00 - 17:30

22/10/2023

RACE: 14:00

20 - 22 october

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS - AUSTIN

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20/10/2023

FP1: 12:30 - 13:30 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:30

21/10/2023

FP2: 13:00 - 14:00 /
SPRINT: 17:00 - 17:30

22/10/2023

RACE: 14:00

United States GP: all you need to know

The USA GP has had a somewhat peripatetic history. 43 races have gone by the name of the US Grand Prix, hosted at Watkins Glen twenty times, Indianapolis 8, Circuit of the Americas 10, Phoenix 3, Riverside and Sebring with one apiece. But that’s not the end of it, because F1 USA was a number plate sometimes seen on more than once car at the same time.

Apart from the USA GPs, there were also events in Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas and Long Beach, from the 70s to the mid-80s. Even the Indianapolis 500 was part of the picture, counting for the F1 World Championship in its early years, but usually no European drivers took part and it dropped off the F1 calendar in 1961.

The return of Formula 1 to the United States

But let’s get up to date. After a five-year hiatus, Formula One made a much-anticipated return to the United States in 2012, with Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, known as COTA providing a new home for the event.

It’s seen a good mix of F1 tradition and the modern delights of the Texan capital city. Inspired by some of grand prix racing’s great venues, the 5.5km circuit features sections that take their cues from Silverstone’s Becketts-Maggots complex, Hockenheim’s stadium section and Istanbul’s long multi-apex Turn 8.

The signature stretch, however, might just be the run from the start-finish line up a steep incline to an almost blind hairpin. Praised by drivers and attended by massive crowds, COTA looks set to be a superb long-term home for F1 in the US.

As for Austin, it’s a really fun and interesting place, with iconic glimpses of Texas, be it a giant pick-up truck burbling at the lights, a bar with a mechanical bull, corals of horses kicking up the dust and chromed caravans selling the city’s famous street food and Texan barbeque and cars with giant bullhorns on the radiator grilles. Above all, Austin lives up to its reputation as the capital of live music and there are bands playing every night somewhere.

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

A bit of history

Did you know that the first Stars and Stripes race to count towards the Formula 1 World Championship was the 1950 Indianapolis 500? The legendary event on the oval featured on the calendar for the first decade of the championship, but the first race on American soil to be run to Formula 1 rules was held at Sebring in 1959, won by Bruce McLaren.

The idea for the current venue was first mooted by Tavo Hellmund, sketched on a napkin at a barbecue back in 2007. Track designer Hermann Tilke actually managed to incorporate many of those original ideas into this spectacular circuit, some of its corners taking their inspiration from those at historic venues such as Silverstone, Hockenheim and Istanbul.

Visible from miles around is a 77 metre panoramic viewing tower, which offers stunning 360 degree vistas of the Circuit of the Americas, the perfect spot to see all the action. Surrounding the tower is a 14,000 seater concert venue, the Austin 360 Amphitheatre, which puts on some great shows all year round and of course during race week.

FIRST GRAND PRIX
2012
NUMBER OF LAPS
56
CIRCUIT LENGTH
5.513km
RACE DISTANCE
308.405 km
LAP RECORD
1:36.169 Charles Leclerc (2019)
Race: 56 laps Circuit length: 5.513 km USA Grand Prix DRS 1(a) DRS 2(a) DRS 1(d) DRS 2(d)

results UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

1Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:35.297
2Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:35.795
3Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:35.864
4Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:36.148
5Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:36.163
6George Russell Mercedes1:36.195
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:36.446
8Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:36.465
9Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT1:36.577
10Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Ferrari1:36.656
13Guanyu Zhou AlphaTauri RBPT1:36.808
1Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:35.246
2Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:35.294
3Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:35.590
4George Russell Mercedes1:35.692
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:35.732
6Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:35.864
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:35.988
8Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:36.032
9Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari1:36.321
10Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:36.341
13Lando Norris AlphaTauri RBPT1:36.740
15Lando Norris AlphaTauri RBPT1:37.147
1Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:34.356
2Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:34.421
3Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:34.448
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:34.645
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:34.947
6George Russell Mercedes1:34.988
7Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:35.598
8Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:35.690
9Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:35.876
10Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari1:36.319
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:42:11.687
2Lewis Hamilton Mercedes+5.023s
3Charles Leclerc Ferrari+7.501s
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT+8.293s
5George Russell Mercedes+44.815s
6Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes+53.785s
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault+55.078s
8Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes+65.354s
9Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari+65.834s
10Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT+70.919s
14Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT+81.763s

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