Circuit of the Americas, 2014

Circuit of the Americas – track information

The Circuit of the Americas in Texas, just south of the state’s capital Austin, was built to hold the United States Grand Prix and first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2012.

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The idea for a race in Austin was conceived by Tavo Hellmund, who formed the initial plan for the track with motorcycling world champion Kevin Schwantz.

F1 track designers Tilke engineering created the finished design which draws inspiration from Silverstone’s Maggots and Becketts sequence early in the lap, and Istanbul’s turn eight later on. Another of the track’s distinctive features is the steep climb towards turn one, and the triple-apex right-hander which forms turns 16, 17 and 18.

The Circuit of the Americas was the tenth different circuit in America to hold a round of the world championship, but the first time a track had been purpose-built for Formula One.

Track data

Lap data
Lap length5.513km (3.426 miles)
Race laps56
Race distance308.728km (191.835 miles)
Pole positionRight-hand side of the track
Lap record*1’39.347 (Sebastian Vettel, 2012)
Fastest lap1’32.237 (Lewis Hamilton, 2018, qualifying three)
Maximum speed325.3kph (202.132 mph)
DRS zone/s (race)
Distance from grid to turn one230.8m
Car performance
Full throttle59%
Longest flat-out section1090m
Downforce levelMedium
Gear changes per lap66
Fuel use per lap1.88kg
Time penalty per lap of fuel0.071s
Strategy
Pit lane time loss18.6s

*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix

Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes

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Track map

Circuit of the Americas track map, 2019
Circuit of the Americas track map, 2019

Aerial map

Pictures

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