Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Circuit of the Americas ahead of the 2019 United States Grand Prix!
?? RACE WINNERS
There have been seven races held at COTA since F1 first visited in 2012. From those seven races, three different drivers have taken victory here.
All three former winners of the US Grand Prix at COTA are on the 2019 grid. Lewis Hamilton has more wins here than any other driver, with five victories, while Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have each won at the track once. Mercedes have more wins than any other team in Texas, with four, while McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari have conquered the track once each. Mercedes have powered the most victories at COTA, with five wins in total.
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have taken back-to-back wins at COTA, and holds the record for the most consecutive wins at the circuit, having taken four wins in a row here between 2014 and 2017.
Five races here have been won by less than five seconds, with the smallest win margin just 0.675 seconds, the difference by which Lewis Hamilton took victory in the circuit’s inaugural event. Just one race here has been won by more than ten seconds. That happened in 2017, when Hamilton won by 10.143 seconds.
From the seven races held so far at COTA, the average win margin has been 4.295 seconds.
?? ON THE PODIUM
Nine different drivers have stood on the podium in Texas. Lewis Hamilton has more top three finishes here than any other driver, with six appearances on the podium. Mercedes have had more podium finishes at the track than any other nation, with eight top three finishes, while Germany lead the way in terms of most podiums for a nation at the track. Between them, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg have finished on the podium here seven times.
There are six drivers on the 2019 grid who’ve previously taken a top three finish at COTA. Aside from Lewis Hamilton’s six, Sebastian Vettel has finished on the podium four times, while Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo have had two top three finishes and Romain Grosjean and Max Verstappen have each finished in the top three once here.
Three different drivers have started from pole at COTA. Lewis Hamilton has the most poles of any driver here, with three, while Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg have each set the fastest qualifying lap twice. As a result, German drivers have had more poles here than drivers from any other nation, with four. Mercedes are the team with the most poles at the track with five, while Red Bull are the only other team to have taken pole here.
All three drivers who have taken poles here have set all of their pole positions in consecutive years. Lewis Hamilton is currently on a streak of three poles in a row at the Texas track.
The largest pole margin at the circuit came in 2014, when Nico Rosberg took pole by 0.376 seconds. Pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second only once at COTA. That happened last season, when Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time by just 0.061 seconds.
From the seven races held here so far, the average pole margin for the US Grand Prix has been 0.173 seconds.
?? SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The US Grand Prix at Texas has been won from pole on three occasions. More wins have come from second on the grid here than from pole. The race has never been won by a driver who hasn’t started on the front row of the grid.
There is yet to be a US Grand Prix at COTA where the polesitter has failed to finish on the podium.
The top three qualifiers have all gone on to finish in the top three in the Grand Prix on three occasions in Texas. 2016 is the only time the top three qualifiers have finished in the order which they started.
The furthest back podium finish here came in 2018, when Max Verstappen finished as runner-up having started from eighteenth on the grid.
?? SUNDAY STATS
The Safety Car has made an appearance in three races at COTA, while the Virtual Safefy Car has also been used in three Grands Prix at the track. The most appearances for the Safety Car in one race here is two, which happened in 2015 when there were also two VSC stints.
The 2015 race is the only Grand Prix in Texas to have been affected by rain. The track started out wet and dried as the race went on.
Sebastian Vettel has set more fastest laps here than any other driver. He’s set the Sunday pace on five occasions at COTA.
From the 146 cars which have started a Grand Prix at the circuit, 120 have crossed the finish line. That gives an overall finish rate of 82.19%.
The highest number of cars to finish a race here is 22, which happened in 2012, while the highest percentage of cars to finish a race at the track is 96%, which happened in 2013 when 21 of the 22 starters reached the end. The least cars to finish a race at COTA is 12, which happened in 2015.
There is yet to be a red-flagged US Grand Prix at COTA.
Since F1 first visited the track in 2012, 392 racing laps of COTA have been completed.
?? CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have been crowned World Champion at COTA, winning the 2015 Drivers’ Championship at the track. Red Bull and Mercedes were crowned Constructors’ Champions here in 2012 and 2017 respectively.
The winner of the race at COTA has gone on to win the championship in the same season on four occasions.
The leaders of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after the US Grand Prix at Texas have gone on to win the title in every season since the event was first held in 2012.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.