United States Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas

First grand prix 1908

Number of laps 56

Race distance 308.405KM

Circuit length 5.513KM

About the United States Grand Prix

The home Grand Prix of Haas F1 since 2016, the United States Grand Prix in Austin is the only F1 race in the country. Las Vegas and Miami are reportedly working hard to be added to the F1 calendar as Liberty Media are keen to have multiple races in their home country.

For now, though, it’s just the Circuit of the Americas representing the land of the free!

Circuit of the Americas Track guide

COTA is 5.5 km (3.4 miles) long and counts 20 corners, the first of which is a hairpin after the home straight. Build speed back up for a quick turn 2. After that, a quick, technical section. Turns 3-5 form a left-right-left ‘S’, followed by the long-winding T6, which ends the first sector.

Drop to fifth on T7, stay on it for another long corner in turn 8, and shift down for the deceiving turn 9, a tight left-hander. A kink to the left and floor it, and slow right back down for another hairpin at turn 11.

DRS will see you reach speeds well North of 200 mp/h, until you reach the next hairpin. The run-up to T13 ends sector two and is the start of the second bendy part of COTA.

T13-14 is a double right-hander followed by a triple left-hander that slows down as it progresses. Turn 16, 17 and 18 are basically one really long oval-shaped left, before getting to the final two corners. Drop to fifth and chuck the car towards the apex for turn 19, and try to get as much exit speed as you can for the slow T20. Activate DRS and you pass start/finish.

Race history

Although many races have been dubbed a United States Grand Prix that weren’t part of Formula 1, the first F1 race was held at Sebring in 1959. None other than Bruce McLaren, who would later found McLaren, took the victory in that year for the Cooper F1 team.

After one year at Riverside in California, the United States Grand Prix found its home at Watkins Glen, where it would stay for exactly 20 GP’s. Many greats like Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda and James Hunt have won at the famous track, with American Mario Andretti once putting his car on pole position once but retiring during the race.

After 1980, debts could not be paid and the event had to be scrapped, until it came back in 1989 for three years in Phoenix. All three races there were won by McLaren, with Alain Prost winning one and Ayrton Senna winning two. After 1991, though, the event would disappear from the F1 world championship for another nine years.

Indianapolis became the host in 2000 and would host a total of eight times. Michael Schumacher won five of the eight races for Ferrari, with the 2005 race standing out in particular. Seven teams withdrew from the race as they were running Michelin tyres that had safety issues, leaving only six cars to compete.

After disappearing in 2008 again, a new circuit was built to accommodate the United States GP from 2012 onwards; the Circuit of the Americas. Lewis Hamilton, who is the only driver to win the United States Grand Prix at different tracks, won five out of the eight races at COTA since the F1 has moved there. His total of six wins is more than any other driver - Michael Schumacher comes second with five.

Last season at the Circuit of The Americas

Coming into the 2019 US Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton had all but wrapped up his sixth title. He led teammate Valtteri Bottas by 74 points heading into the race, meaning unless Bottas outscored him by 22 points or more, the championship would be over; he basically had to win and hope Hamilton finished ninth or worse.

To Bottas’ credit, he got pole position (with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen qualifying within a tenth behind him) and won the race with relative ease. Hamilton finished right behind him in second, however, meaning the champagne could be uncorked as he became the second driver ever to win six championships.

What does the race weekend of the United States Grand Prix look like?

The first press conferences are scheduled on October 22nd, and the drivers will take place in their cars to drive in free practice one day later on Friday. FP1 is set to start on October 23rd at 17:00 UK time, while FP2 will be driven at 21:00. Qualifying starts on Saturday October 24th at 22:00, the race on Sunday October 25th at ten past eight in the evening, or ten past three in the afternoon on the east coast in the USA.

What time does the United States Grand Prix start?

As in previous years, the Spanish Grand Prix can be followed live in the live blog of GPblog from half an hour before the start of the race onwards. The starting time of the United States Grand Prix is 20:10 UK time (15:10 EST) and the race can also be followed live on Sky Sports and/or F1TV in the UK. All free practice sessions and qualifying will be broadcast there as well.

Session Date Time
Practice 1 23 October 2020 12:00 - 13:30
Practice 2 23 October 2020 16:00 - 17:30
Practice 3 24 October 2020 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying 24 October 2020 17:00 - 18:00
Race 25 October 2020 15:10 - 17:10
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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