Hamilton has won five of the eight races at COTA, Sainz has never failed to score and eight drivers have never previously picked up points at the United States Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Circuit of the Americas!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton is the undisputed King of COTA. He has won five races at the track, and has finished on the podium in all of the last six United States Grands Prix. The only season where Hamilton has not finished in the top three at the Circuit of the Americas was in 2013, when he finished fourth. In 2019, Hamilton ended a three-year streak of pole positions at the track. Before that, he qualified on the front row three times. 2019 was the first time Hamilton has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the track since 2015. 2018 is the only season that Hamilton has finished in a position lower than where he has started at the United States Grand Prix, while 2013 is the only season that he hasn’t led a lap of the race here.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas took his first United States Grand Prix win, and his first podium finish at the event, in 2019. Circuit of the Americas is the track at which Bottas first scored at in Formula 1, finishing eighth in 2013. He has finished fifth here three times, with 2015 – when he retired – and 2016 being the only seasons that the Finn has failed to score. Bottas has reached Q3 at the track on every occasion except 2015, when he set the twelfth fastest lap time. Bottas took pole for the first time at the circuit in 2019. 2013 is the only year that Bottas has finished the United States Grand Prix in a better position than where he started from.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen has finished on the podium at each of the last two United States Grands Prix. He could have finished on the podium in 2017 too, if not for a time penalty for an overtake beyond track limits. Instead, fourth place had to do. He also finished an impressive fourth with Toro Rosso in 2015. Verstappen’s only retirement at the track came in 2016. 2018 is the only year that Verstappen has failed to reach Q3. He started eighteenth that year after an engine penalty, leading to a great comeback drive in the race. He similarly gained twelve positions in the previous year. 2019 marked the first time that Verstappen has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit since his maiden season. He is yet to lose a position from where he started on any of his four finishes at the track.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez has scored on all but two visits to the United States Grand Prix. In 2019, Perez finished tenth, ending a three year streak of eighth place results. His best finish at COTA came in 2015, when he finished fifth. 2012, when he finished twelfth, and 2014, when he retired, are the only seasons that Perez has not scored at the track. Perez has reached Q3 on four visits to America, with a best qualifying position of sixth in 2015 – which later became fifth on the final grid. Perez has not out-qualified a team-mate at the track since 2015. Aside from his 2014 retirement, Perez has never lost a position from where he started in the United States Grand Prix.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo has finished on the podium twice at the United States Grand Prix. Both times he finished in third place, in 2014 and 2016. In 2019, after two consecutive retirements at the event, Ricciardo finished sixth for Renault. The Australian has reached Q3 in every race at the track since 2014, with a best qualifying result of third in both 2015 and 2016. His first year at Toro Rosso, in 2012, is the only time that Ricciardo has failed to out-qualify his team-mate at COTA.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris scored points on his United States Grand Prix debut in 2019. After starting from eighth, just behind his team-mate, Norris finished seventh in the race. He previously drove at COTA with McLaren in Free Practice 1 for the 2018 United States Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel won the United States Grand Prix in 2013 and has taken a further three podium finishes at the track. Until 2019, Vettel had a 100% finish rate at the track and had never finished below seventh. However, that came to an end in 2019 as he retired from the race. Vettel has taken pole at COTA twice – in 2012 and 2013 – and has qualified on the front row in all of the last three races at the circuit, though he started only fifth in 2018. 2014 and 2016 are the only seasons that Vettel has been out-qualified by a team-mate in Texas. Vettel has gained at least ten places in two races here. He started from the pit-lane and gained eleven places in 2014 and gained ten places in the following year’s race. Since leading almost every lap in 2013, Vettel has led only eight laps at the event in the last six races.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll has not yet scored a point at the United States Grand Prix. His best finish so far at the track came in 2017, when he finished eleventh. He has a 100% finishing rate at the track. 2019 marked the first time Stroll has progressed past Q1 at the circuit, qualifying in fourteenth place. He has out-qualified his team-mate in each of the last two races at the track.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso finished on the podium at Circuit of the Americas in the inaugural race here in 2012. That’s his only podium finish here – though he went on to record three more top six finishes, with fifth in 2013 and 2016, and sixth in 2014. Alonso retired from each of his last two appearances at the circuit in 2017 and 2018. From his last four appearances here, Alonso has reached Q3 only once. His best qualifying result is sixth, recorded in 2013 and 2014, while 2012 is the only season in which he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the venue.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
From his three appearances so far at the United States Grand Prix, Esteban Ocon has scored only once. He finished sixth in 2017, bagging eight points. He also finished eighth in 2018, but was disqualified from the event as his car exceeded fuel flow limits on the opening lap of the race. Ocon has reached the final part of qualifying on each of his last two appearances at the Circuit of the Americas. His best qualifying result here came on his most recent appearance in 2018, when he qualified sixth. 2016 is the only season that Ocon has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Chalres Leclerc finished fourth in the 2019 United States Grand Prix, marking the first time he has scored points at the Circuit Of The Americas. He retired on his first appearance at the track in 2018. Leclerc has reached the final part of qualifying on both appearances at the circuit, with a best grid slot of fourth in 2019.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
In his five appearances, Carlos Sainz has never failed to finish in the top eight at the United States Grand Prix. He recorded his worst finish at the track with eight place in 2019. His best result is sixth with Toro Rosso in 2016, and he has finished in seventh on his three other outings. Sainz has reached Q3 three times at COTA, recording his best qualifying result with seventh place in 2019. He also started from seventh on the grid in 2017, the event at which he made his Renault debut. 2019 marked the first time that Sainz has lost a position from where he started at the United STates Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has failed to score on both of his United States Grand Prix appearances so far. His best result here is twelfth, in 2018. He finished sixteenth in 2019. Gasly reached Q3 here for the first time in the last race at the circuit, qualifying in tenth place. He has out-qualified his team-mate on both visits to the track. He gained seven places from where he started in 2018, but lost six positions in the 2019 race.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
This will be Yuki Tsunoda’s first appearance at the United States Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
Kimi Raikkonen won for the last time with Ferrari at the 2018 United States Grand Prix. It was his second podium finish at the track, having also finished third in 2017. His sixth place in 2012 is the only other time that Raikkonen has scored in his seven appearances. He retired from the event in both 2015 and 2016. In 2019, for the first time, Raikkonen failed to qualify in the top ten at COTA, being eliminated in Q1. His best qualifying result here is third in 2018. 2016 is the only season that Raikkonen has out-qualified his team-mate at the track.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi finished fourteenth on his first appearance at the United States Grand Prix in 2019. He out-qualified his team-mate, lining up sixteenth on the grid.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has no past racing experience at the Circuit of the Americas.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
This will be Nikita Mazepin’s first United States Grand Prix appearance.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell finished seventeenth on his first United States Grand Prix outing in 2019. He qualified in eighteenth place, ahead of his team-mate.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
Nicholas Latifi made his first appearance at the Circuit of the Americas in 2019. He drove for Williams in Free Practice 1.
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. 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 and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.