2019 U.S. Grand Prix Weekend Information

🇺🇸 THE 2019 U.S. GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 19. 1st-3rd November.

1016TH F1 GRAND PRIX | 49TH U.S. GRAND PRIX | 8TH GRAND PRIX AT COTA

2018 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2018 WINNER: KIMI RAIKKONEN


  WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 1st November
Free Practice 1 (10am Local Time/ 4pm UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (2pm Local Time/ 8pm UK Time)

Saturday 2nd November
Free Practice 3 (1pm Local Time/ 7pm UK Time)
Qualifying (4pm Local Time/ 10pm UK Time)

Sunday 3rd November
The 2019 U.S. Grand Prix (1:10pm Local Time/ 7:10pm UK Time)


🇺🇸 WEEKEND MILESTONES AND RECORDS

This weekend, COTA will equal Indianapolis as the venue to have hosted the second-most US Grands Prix (not counting when the Indy 500 was a round of the F1 championship between 1950 and 1960). It’ll also equal Long Beach’s number of F1 races, which appeared on the calendar eight times at the US Grand Prix West.

The US Grand Prix will be the 1000th F1 race to feature a British driver.

Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen and Max Verstappen will all reach their 100th race start at the 2019 US Grand Prix.

If anyone other than Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Kimi Raikkonen takes victory this weekend, they’ll become the 40th different driver to have won an F1 race in the USA.

If Lewis Hamilton takes pole this weekend, he’ll equal Ayrton Senna’s record of five poles at the US Grand Prix. It’d also equal the record for most poles taken by a driver in America.

If Sebastian Vettel takes pole this weekend, he’ll equal Lewis Hamilton’s record tally of three poles at the circuit. Hamilton could extend the record himself.

If Lewis Hamilton leads six laps of the race, he’ll become the first driver to have led racing 200 laps at COTA.

You can find more information about the records which could be beaten this weekend in our Milestones and Records to Beat post.


  ALL THE INFO

Click the links below to see all the stats and circuit history you could need ahead of the 2019 race!

  • The Ultimate Track Guide
  • Track Stats (Coming Soon)
  • Team Form (Coming Soon)
  • Driver Form (Coming Soon)
  • Lucky and Unlucky Grid Positions (Coming Soon)

 2018 RACE RECAP

Kimi Raikkonen ended his win drought with a popular win in Texas as Lewis Hamilton took one step closer to the 2018 title.

After some wet running in Free Practice, Qualifying was held in the dry. Max Verstappen was forced to start from near the back of the grid after a car failure in Q1 while Lewis Hamilton took pole. Sebastian Vettel took a three place grid drop for failing to slow for red flags in Free Practice. It was Kimi Raikkonen, who started alongside Hamilton on the front row, and the Finn led after the first turn. Further back, there was contact in the midfield leading to the retirements of Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean. Vettel span after making light contact with Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap, sending him to the back of the field. Meanwhile, Verstappen made his way up from eighteenth on the grid to sixth in the first seven laps, but his team-mate suffered engine issues and came to a halt at the side of the circuit, prompting a Virtual Safety Car period. Hamilton pitted under the VSC, while race leader Raikkonen stayed out. It wasn’t long before the Mercedes driver was right behind the Finn once again and, as Hamilton attempted an overtake, Raikkonen came into the pits for his one and only stop of the afternoon. Verstappen followed a similar strategy to Raikkonen, while Hamilton pitted for a second time a number of laps later. With three laps to go, the top three were separated by just 1.5 seconds, though they crossed the line in the same order, with Raikkonen ending his 114-race win drought and scoring a popular victory. Vettel finished fourth after overtaking Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages, keeping his slim title chances alive.





  PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. Appearing in the Drivers’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:

Lando Norris (McLaren)

Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Pierre Gasly (Torro Rosso)

George Russell (Williams)

The media also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. Appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend will be:

Mattia Binotto (Ferrari)

Zak Brown (McLaren)

Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)

Franz Tost (Toro Rosso)

Claire Williams (Williams)


  DRIVER STEWARD

Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend will be Derek Warwick.


  WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


  FASTEST EVER LAP

1:32.337

The fastest ever lap of the circuit was set by Lewis Hamilton in 2018. Will it be beaten over the race weekend?


  TYRE CHOICES

Each weekend, the tyres will be known as Soft (red), Medium (yellow) and Hard (white), but the actual compounds will change each race weekend.

Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 tyres for this race weekend. Each driver’s selection of tyres can be found below:


  2018 FASTEST LAP IN EACH SESSION

Free Practice 1 1:47.502 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 2 1:48.716 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 3 1:33.797 (Sebastian Vettel)
Qualifying 1:32.237 (Lewis Hamilton)
Grand Prix 1:37.392 (Lewis Hamilton)

  ON THIS DAY

Four F1 races have previously been held on 3rd November: the 1968 Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the 1985 and 1991 Australian Grands Prix at Adelaide and the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The shortest ever F1 race was held on this date, with the 1991 Australian Grand Prix being red-flagged after only 14 laps due to the terrible weather conditions. Ayrton Senna’s win in that race is the only time the polesitter has won a race so far in any race held on this date.

The 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the only race held so far on this date to have not seen either the Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championship settled. Graham Hill secured the Drivers’ Championship as a result of the 1968 Mexican Grand Prix, as his team Lotus secured the teams’ honours. McLaren have also celebrated title success on this date, winning the Constructors’ Championships at both the 1985 and 1991 Australian Grands Prix.