F1 Team Form: United States Grand Prix

Mercedes have won five of the last six COTA races, while Red Bull have seen both cars finish the race here only three times. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the United States Grand Prix!


MERCEDES

WINS: 6, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 10

2019 RESULT: BOTTAS 1st, HAMILTON 2nd

Mercedes have won five of the last six United States Grands Prix. 2018 marked the end of a four-year streak of wins for Mercedes at COTA. Aside from the first race at the track in 2012, Mercedes have scored in every season here, and have had at least one of their cars finish on the podium in all of the last six races. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took 1-2 finishes in 2014, 2015 and 2016, while Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton took a 1-2 finish in 2019. The team are yet to record a non-finish at the circuit, and are the only current team with a 100% finish rate in Texas. Michael Schumacher’s sixteenth position in 2012 is their worst finish to date.

Since the start of the hybrid era, Mercedes have taken pole in every season for the U.S. Grand Prix, and locked out the front row in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Nico Rosberg’s Q2 exits in 2012 and 2013 are the only occasions on which a Mercedes driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at this track. Rosberg’s seventeenth place in qualifying in 2012 remains their worst performance to date.


2019 marked the first time that both Red Bull drivers have finished the United States Grand Prix since 2014. Add Mark Webber’s 2012 retirement into that, and the team have had five DNFs in Texas – the second-most of any team. Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 win here remains their sole victory at the track so far, but they’ve enjoyed three podium finishes here in the last four races, including a runner-up spot for Max Verstappen in 2018 and third place for the Dutchman in 2019. Verstappen also crossed the line third in 2017 before picking up a time penalty.

Sebastian Vettel’s Q1 exit in 2014 and Max Verstappen’s Q2 exit in 2018 are the only occasions on which a Red Bull driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at COTA. Vettel is the only driver to have taken pole here for Red Bull, having done so in both 2012 and 2013, while Mark Webber set the second fastest time in 2013 to give the team their only front-row lockout at the track.

RED BULL

WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 7

2019 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 3rd, ALBON 5th


McLAREN

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1

2019 RESULT: NORRIS 7th, SAINZ 8th

Lewis Hamilton’s win at the inaugural Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in 2012 remains McLaren’s only victory, and only podium finish, so far at the track. In 2019 McLaren recorded their first points at the track since 2016, finishing with both drivers in the top ten for the fourth time at the circuit. Fernando Alonso has recorded McLaren’s only non-finishes at the circuit, retiring in both 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, both McLaren drivers reached Q3 at COTA for only the second time. With Carlos Sainz qualifying seventh and Lando Norris eighth, their drivers recorded the same qualifying positions as the last time both McLarens reached Q3 in 2014. McLaren suffered their only double Q1 elimination so far at the track in 2018. Before that, Jenson Button’s Q1 exit in 2016 is the only other time one of the team’s cars has been eliminated in Q1. Lewis Hamilton’s second place in qualifying in 2012 is the only time a McLaren has started from the front row at the track. It’s also the only time a McLaren driver has qualified in the top six here.


The Silverstone-based team have scored points in all of the last five United States Grands Prix. Despite this, the team have one of the highest non-finish rates at the track. They retired with one car four races in a row between 2013 and 2016, while 2014 saw both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg retire. In 2018, Esteban Ocon was disqualified for a fuel flow irregularity. The team’s best finish here is Sergio Perez’s fifth place in 2015.

In their Racing Point guise, neither of the team’s drivers reached Q3 in 2019 at COTA for the first time since 2014. 2013 is the only other occasion on which neither Force India driver featured in the top ten shootout. Lance Stroll recorded the team’s second Q1 exit at the track in 2019, their first since Adrian Sutil’s seventeenth place in 2013. Sixth is the best qualifying position achieved by Team Silverstone in Texas. Sergio Perez qualified sixth in 2015 and Esteban Ocon recorded the same result in 2018.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: PEREZ 10th, STROLL 13th


ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1*

2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 6th, HULKENBERG 9th

The Enstone team scored with both cars at the United States Grand Prix in the last two races at COTA. 2012 is the only other year in which both cars have scored. Romain Grosjean recorded this team’s best result at the circuit in 2013, with second place for Lotus. In their most recent Renault stint, their best result here was sixth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth in 2018 and Daniel Ricciardo finishing in the same position in 2019. The team has recorded only two retirements here: Grosjean in 2015 and Nico Hulkenberg in 2017.

Both Lotus cars reached Q3 in the first two United States Grands Prix to be held at COTA. Romain Grosjean recorded the team’ best qualifying result at the track with third in 2013. That was the team’s last Q3 appearance until Carlos Sainz secured eighth place on his Renault debut in 2017. One Renault driver has appeared in Q3 in all of the last three COTA races. Kevin Magnussen’s Q1 exit in 2016 is the team’s most recent Q1 elimination in Texas.


In 2018, Kimi Raikkonen scored Ferrari’s first victory in Texas. The team have appeared on the podium in four races at the Circuit of the Americas, with 2017 being the only time that both drivers have appeared in the top three. While Ferrari have scored on every visit here so far, they’ve also recorded three DNFs – two for Raikkonen in 2015 and 2016 and one for Sebastian Vettel in 2019.

Felipe Massa’s Q2 exit in 2013, where he qualified down in fifteenth, is the only time a Ferrari driver has failed to reach the final part of qualifying at this track. While the team have never taken pole here, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have provided Ferrari with three front row starts at COTA in the last three races at the circuit.

FERRARI

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 5

2019 RESULT: LECLERC 4th, VETTEL DNF


ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: KVYAT 12th, GASLY DNF

Jean Eric-Vergne’s retirement from the first race here in 2012 remains the only non-finish for the Toro Rosso team at COTA. In 2019, neither car finished in the top ten, ending a five-year streak of points-scoring races at the circuit. 2015 was their best result so far in Texas, with both drivers finishing in the points and Max Verstappen finishing fourth.

Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly are the only Toro Rosso drivers to have reached the final part of qualifying here, all qualifying in tenth in 2015, 2016 and 2019 respectively. The team have only had four Q1 exits here, including in 2015 when Sainz failed to set a time. Their last Q1 exit was in 2017, when Brendon Hartley made his Formula 1 debut with the team.


In the last four races at COTA, the former Sauber team have scored only one point at the United States Grand Prix. That point is courtesy of Marcus Ericsson, who finished tenth in 2018. In their new Alfa Romeo guise in 2019, both drivers reached the end of the race for the first time since 2016 but neither scored. Their best finish here came in 2013, when Nico Hulkenberg finished in sixth, while their only other points-scoring race at the track came courtesy of Felipe Nasr, who came home ninth in 2015.

Nico Hulkenberg’s fourth place in qualifying in 2013 at COTA was a rare high point for Sauber at this circuit. That season is the only time where both Sauber drivers have qualified in the top ten at this track, while Adrian Sutil and Charles Leclerc have recorded the team’s only other Q3 appearances here in 2014 and 2018 respectively. The team have seen at least one of their cars eliminated in Q1 in all of the last five races at the track, while they suffered double Q1 exits in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Though 2019 was the Alfa Romeo name’s first visit to the Circuit of the Americas, the Alfa team scored their two most recent pole positions in America, with Bruno Giacomelli taking pole at Watkins Glen in 1980 and Andrea de Cesaris setting the pace at Long Beach in 1982.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 11th, GIOVINAZZI 14th


HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: GROSJEAN 15th, MAGNUSSEN DNF

Romain Grosjean’s tenth place at COTA in 2016 marks the team’s only points-scoring race so far at the track. The 2017 race is the only one which both Haas drivers reached the end of, but both Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen featured outside of the points on that occasion. In 2019, Magnussen spun out of the race while Grosjean finished only fifteenth. In 2018, Magnussen finished ninth; but the Dane would later lose this position following a disqualification for using more than the allowed amount of fuel.

2018 is the only season in which a Haas driver has reached Q3 at COTA, with Romain Grosjean qualifying in eighth. It was also the first year where neither Haas car was eliminated in the first part of qualifying. Both drivers were out in Q2 in 2019.


2015, 2018 and 2019 are the only seasons that Williams have failed to score a point at the Circuit of the Americas. The 2015 race resulted in their only double DNF here so far, while Robert Kubica recorded the team’s third retirement at the track in 2019. Felipe Massa’s fourth place in 2014 is the team’s best result so far at the circuit, and 2014 is one of only two seasons, along with 2012, where both Williams cars have scored in a race at the track.

Valtteri Bottas’ third place in qualifying here in 2014 marks the team’s best qualifying performance so far, with their cars locking-out the second row of the grid. 2016 saw both Williams reach the final part of qualifying for only the second time at the circuit, but they have not appeared in the top ten since. Both Williams cars have been eliminated in Q1 in Texas in each of the last two races.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0

2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 17th, KUBICA DNF


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