The first United States Grand Prix to officially form part of the Formula 1 calendar took place at Sebring in 1959. Since that inaugural race, the event has been held at a range of different venues during a history which has included various hiatuses from the schedule.
After just a single year, the race was moved to the Riverside circuit before upping sticks once again twelve months later to begin a twenty year residency at Watkins Glen between 1961-1980. After an eight year break, the event returned to the schedule in 1988; this time hosted at the Phoenix circuit for three seasons before disappearing from the line-up once more.
The year 2000 signalled the beginning of another relatively brief period of stateside Formula 1 action; the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway becoming the latest home of the event over an eight year stretch. Following the 2007 season however, another spell in the wilderness left a void in the American motorsport calendar.
In 2012, the United States Grand Prix made it’s long awaited return to the line-up at the first ever purpose built Formula 1 facility to be conceived across the pond; the brand new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Conceptualised by renowned circuit designer Hermann Tilke in collaboration with American architectural experts HKS, the 5.516km anti-clockwise layout features twenty corners; each of which draws inspiration from historic tracks across the globe.
The circuit proved an instant hit amongst teams, drivers and fans alike; with its varied layout providing excellent wheel-to-wheel racing and the vast crowd creating a superb atmosphere. After years spent on the sidelines, America has undoubtedly placed itself firmly back on the Formula 1 map.
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Circuit Name: Circuit of The Americas
Number of Laps: 56
Circuit Length: 5.513 km
Race Distance: 308.405 km
Lap Record: 1:39.347 [Sebastian Vettel, 2012]
Friday 15th November 2013
Practice 1: 09:00 – 10:30
Practice 2: 13:00 – 14:30
Saturday 16th November 2013
Practice 3: 09:00 – 10:00
Sunday 17th November 2013
Last Time Out...
2012 United States Grand Prix
Grand Prix Debut
Driver: Derek Warwick
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