Guide to the Circuit of the Americas

Introduction  |  Circuit details  |  Transportation  |  Accommodation  |  Results

The Circuit of the Americas broke ground in January 2011 and in March 2012, at the start of the season was still under construction. The circuit was designed by famous German race track architect, Hermann Tilke. He has designed other famous F1 racing circuits around the world, such as the Shanghai International Circuit (China), the Istanbul Park Racing Circuit (Turkey), the Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi) and most recently the Sochi International Street Circuit (Russia).

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The circuit is shaped like a dagger and is 5.5 kms (3.4 mi) in length. The circuit has been designed along the contours of the surrounding land, with an elevation change of 52 metres (133 feet). The track’s design has received positive feedback as it takes inspiration from several historic European race tracks, including Silverstone’s bend sequence, Istanbul’s turn eight and Hockenheim’s arena turns. The race will be run in a counter-clockwise fashion – together with four other circuits in the F1 line-up: Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Korea and Singapore. This makes the track physically demanding for drivers. The track lap record is currently held by Vettel, with 1:39.347, set in 2012.

The circuit boasts a maximum capacity of 200,000 spectators. The Grandstand features 29,000 seats, which provide a spectacular view of almost 80 per cent of the racing circuit, heaven for fans!

The Circuit of the Americas now hosts other events throughout the year, such as the MotoGP race and X-Games.

Introduction  |  Circuit details  |  Transportation  |  Accommodation  |  Results