Hamilton has won six of the last eight United States Grands Prix, five drivers have a 100% finish rate at the track and three drivers have reached Q3 on every appearance. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Circuit of the Americas!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton is undeniably the King of COTA, having won five of the seven races at the circuit. He has a 100% points finishing rate at the track, and has never finished below fourth place. Last season marked the first time that he’s finished on the podium at the track without winning. 2013 is the only season that Hamilton hasn’t started from the front row at this track, as well as the only season where he has failed to lead a lap of the race. He has taken pole in all of the last three seasons. 2014 and 2015 are the only years where Hamilton has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track. Last year marked the first time that he has lost a position from where he started at the circuit.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas scored his first ever Formula 1 points with his eighth place finish in the 2013 U.S Grand Prix. Bottas is yet to finish on the podium at the Circuit Of The Americas, with a best finish of fifth, which he has scored three times – in 2014, 2017 and 2018. He has had two non-scoring races here. He failed to finish in 2015 and finished sixteenth in 2016. The Finn has never qualified on the front row at the track. He has qualified in third place twice, in 2014 and 2017. He also started from third last year. 2015 is the only season where Bottas has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at this circuit. He’s yet to out-qualify Lewis Hamilton during their time as team-mates at the track. The 2013 race is the only one in which Bottas has finished in a better position than where he started – though he gained only one position in that race
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel has scored points on every appearance at the Circuit Of The Americas. He has won here once, in 2013, and has had a further three podium finishes in 2012, 2015 and 2017. His lowest finish at the track is seventh, in 2014. Vettel took pole for each of the first two races at the circuit, and has also qualified on the front row of the grid in each of the last two seasons; though a grid penalty saw him start only fifth last year. 2014 is the only season where Vettel has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at this track. He was out in Q1 that year following an engine penalty. 2014 and 2016 are the only seasons where Vettel has been out-qualified by a team-mate at this circuit. 2012 is the only year where he has finished the race in a worse position than where he started from. Vettel has set the fastest lap in five of the seven races held at COTA.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc’s first experience of the Circuit Of The Americas came in 2017, when he drove for Sauber in Free Practice 1. On his first race appearance at the track last year, Leclerc retired after 31 laps following a collision. He had qualified in the top ten, out-qualifying his team-mate and starting from ninth on the grid.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen finished on the United States Grand Prix podium for the first time last season. He finished third in 2017 but was stripped of the podium finish. Having taken third place from Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap, Verstappen was given a five second penalty for going off track and gaining an advantage, dropping him to fourth place in the final order. The Dutch driver has finished fourth here twice – in 2015 and 2017 – and failed to finish in 2016. Last season marked the first time that Verstappen failed to reach Q3 here. His best qualifying result at the track is fourth in 2016. Grid penalties have seen him start outside of the top fifteen in each of the last two years. 2015 is the only time that Verstappen has out-qualified his team-mate at the track. He has gained at least four places in all three races which he has completed at the circuit.
🇹🇭 Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon has no past experience at COTA.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has failed to finish the last two United States Grands Prix. Those are two of four occasions where he has failed to score here, the other events where he has failed to score are 2012 and 2013. Ricciardo has two podium places at the track, both third places, in 2014 and 2016. He has reached Q3 at COTA in all of the last five seasons, with a best qualifying result of third place in 2015 and 2016. He has started from the second row of the grid in all of the last four United States Grands Prix. 2012 is the only season where Ricciardo has been out-qualified by a team-mate here.
🇩🇪 Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg finally ended a four-year streak of DNFs at the United States Grand Prix last year with a sixth place finish. It equalled his previous best result at the track, scored in 2013. 2012 is the only other season where he finished the race at COTA, finishing in eighth place. Despite his high DNF rate, Hulkenberg has reached Q3 on five of his seven appearances at the track. His best qualifying result here is fourth, which happened in 2013 with Sauber. He’s yet to be eliminated in Q1 at this circuit, and has out-qualified his team-mate on all but two occasions where he’s been able to compete in the session. Last year marked the first time that Hulkenberg has gained a position from where he started in a race at this circuit.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean recorded his second retirement at the United States Grand Prix last year. He has scored on three of his seven appearances at the track, with his only podium at the track coming in 2013. His second place finish was his equal-best result in his F1 career. 2012 and 2016 are the other seasons in which the Frenchman has scored at COTA. Grosjean’s best qualifying result here is third, also in 2013. He reached Q3 at the circuit last year for the first time since then. From the races which he’s finished here, the 2017 event is the only one in which he’s finished in a worse place than where he started from.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen hasn’t scored at the United States Grand Prix since his first appearance at the circuit in 2014, when he finished eighth. While Magnussen has finished all four races he has appeared in at the track, he was disqualified from the 2018 race due to exceeding the fuel allowance. 2014 is also the only occasion where Magnussen has reached Q3 at the circuit. He qualified eighth but started from seventh. Magnussen has never beaten a team-mate in qualifying at this track.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz has a 100% points scoring record at the United States Grand Prix, with a best finish of sixth in the 2016 race. He has finished in seventh on all of his other three appearances at the track. He made his Renault debut at COTA in 2017, and recorded his best qualifying result at the track so far there with eighth place. 2016 is the only other season where he has reached Q3 here. 2016 is also the only season where Sainz has out-qualified his team-mate in a fair battle at the circuit. 2017 is the only year where Sainz has failed to finish in a better position than where he started from in the United States Grand Prix. He finished where he started that year, and has gained at least four positions on every other appearance.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris drove at COTA with McLaren in Free Practice 1 for the 2018 U.S. Grand Prix.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez has finished in eighth place in all of the last three United States Grands Prix. He’s currently on a streak of four consecutive points finishes at the track, having scored his best result of fifth at the track in 2015. 2012 and 2014 are the only years where Perez has failed to score here. He recorded his only DNF at the track in 2014. Perez has reached Q3 on four of his seven COTA appearances, and has a best qualifying result of sixth from 2015. He was bumped up to fifth on the grid in that year. He’s qualified in tenth in each of the last two years. Until 2015, Perez had out-qualified his team-mate in every race at this circuit, but has been out-qualified in every year since. Perez has never lost a position from his starting place in the six races he’s reached the end of at this track.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll has a 100% finish rate from his two United States Grand Prix appearances, but is yet to score at the circuit. He has a best finishing position of eleventh at the track, from 2017. Stroll is yet to make it out of Q1 here and has qualified in seventeenth on both appearances at the track, but has started from fifteenth both times as a result of grid penalties. He out-qualified a team-mate at the track for the first time last year.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen is the most recent winner of the United States Grand Prix, having scored his first win at Circuit of the Americas last year. He’s finished on the podium in each of the last two years, having also finished third in 2017. His sixth place in 2012 is the only other time he has scored in Texas. He retired in two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Raikkonen has reached Q3 on all six appearances at the track, with a best qualifying result of third last season. He started on the front row last year thanks to grid penalties. His worst starting place is eighteenth in 2015, also a result of grid penalties. 2016 is the only season where Raikkonen has out-qualified a team-mate at this circuit.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to race at the Circuit of the Americas.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat has scored just a single point from his four appearances at the Circuit Of The Americas. He finished tenth in the 2017 race, which was his last appearance with Toro Rosso until the start of the 2019 season. Kvyat has had one DNF at this circuit. He crashed out in the rain-hit 2015 race. 2015 is the only season where the Russian driver has reached Q3 at the track, as he qualified in fourth place. He has been eliminated in Q2 on every other appearance. In all of the three races which he’s completed here, Kvyat has gained at least one position from where he started.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly didn’t appear at COTA in 2017, as he skipped the United States Grand Prix to compete in the final event of the 2017 Super Formula season. On his first appearance here last year, Gasly finished outside the points in twelfth place. He out-qualified his team-mate with the thirteenth best time, but started nineteenth following a 35-place grid penalty. He gained seven positions from where he started in the race.
🇵🇱 Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica is yet to race at the Circuit of the Americas, with the event having joined the calendar during his absence from Formula 1.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell has no past experience at the Circuit of the Americas.
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