F1 Team Form: United States Grand Prix at COTA

Mercedes have won five of the nine COTA races, while Red Bull have seen both cars finish the race here only four 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: 11 | 2021 RESULT: HAMILTON 2nd, BOTTAS 6th

Mercedes have won five of the last seven 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 seven 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.

2021 was the first time since the start of the hybrid era that Mercedes failed to take pole at the United States Grand Prix. They 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.

RED BULL

WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 9 | 2021 RESULT: VERSTAPPEN 1st, SERGIO PEREZ 3rd

Max Verstappen recorded Red Bull’s second victory at Circuit of The Americas last year. It was the team’s first win in Texas since Sebastian Vettel was victorious in 2013. Sergio Perez also finished on the podium last year, making it the first time since 2013 that both Red Bull drivers have finished in the top three at the circuit. In addition to 2013 and 2021, 2014 and 2019 are the only other years in which both Red Bull drivers have finished the race here. Red Bull could boast podium finishes in all of the last five races here, had Verstappen not picked up a five second time penalty in 2017.

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. Max Verstappen took the team’s first pole here since 2013 last year. Sergio Perez made it the third time that both Red Bull drivers have qualified in the top three at the circuit. 2013 is the only year that the team have locked out the front row in Texas.

FERRARI

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 5 | 2021 RESULT: LECLERC 4th, SAINZ 7th

In 2018, Kimi Raikkonen scored Ferrari’s first victory in Texas. The team have appeared on the podium in four races at 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 provided Ferrari with three front row starts at COTA in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Every Ferrari entry since 2016 has qualified in the top six.

McLAREN

WINS: 1, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1 | 2021 RESULT: RICCIARDO 5th, NORRIS 8th

Lewis Hamilton’s win at the inaugural Grand Prix at 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. They did the same last year, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing fifth and Lando Norris eighth. Fernando Alonso recorded McLaren’s only non-finishes at the circuit, retiring in both 2017 and 2018.

McLaren have reached Q3 with both drivers on only three occasions – in 2014, 2019 and 2021. Each time they have done so, their drivers have qualified seventh and eighth. Lewis Hamilton recorded McLaren’s best qualifying result here so far in 2012 with second place. It’s the team’s only top six qualification at the venue. 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.

ALPINE

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1* | 2021 RESULT: ALONSO DNF, OCON DNF

Alpine’s first appearance at Circuit of The Americas did not go to plan, with both drivers retiring from the race. It was the Enstone team’s first double DNF at the venue, having previously recorded only two retirements here, for Romain Grosjean in 2015 and Nico Hulkenberg in 2017. The team has recorded one podium here, thanks to Grosjean finishing as runner-up in the team’s Lotus guise in 2013. 2012, 2018 and 2019 are the only seasons where both of the team’s drivers have finished in the points.

For the first time since 2016, neither of the Enstone team’s drivers reached Q3 at the United States Grand Prix last year. 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. Kevin Magnussen’s Q1 exit in 2016 is the team’s most recent Q1 elimination in Texas.

ALPHATAURI

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: TSUNODA 9th, GASLY DNF

The Red Bull junior team have scored points in all but one of the last seven United States Grands Prix. 2015 was their best result so far in Texas, with both drivers finishing in the points and Max Verstappen finishing fourth. Pierre Gasly recorded the team’s second retirement here last year. Tehir only other non-finish at COTA was for Jean Eric-Vergne in the first race here in 2012.

For the first time, both of the Red Bull junior team’s drivers appeared in Q3 here last year. Before last year, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly were the only Toro Rosso drivers to reach the final part of qualifying here, all qualifying in tenth in 2015, 2016 and 2019 respectively. Gasly went one better last year, qualifying ninth. 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.

ASTON MARTIN

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: VETTEL 10th, STROLL 12th

The Silverstone-based team have scored points in all of the last six 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.

Neither Racing Point in 2019 nor Aston Martin in 2021 reached Q3 at COTA. The team last reached Q3 here in 2018, when Esteban Ocon equalled the outfit’s best qualifying result at the circuit with sixth place. Sergio Perez also qualified sixth in 2015. Those two seasons and 2017 are the only times that both of the team’s cars have reached Q3 at the circuit. Lance Stroll has recorded Q1 exits with the team in the last two visits to COTA.

WILLIAMS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: RUSSELL 14th, LATIFI 15th

Williams have failed to score on their last three United States Grand Prix appearances. 2015 is the only other year that the team have left Circuit of The Americas point-less. 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. 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.

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. While both Williams cars were eliminated in Q1 in Texas in 2018 and 2019, George Russell reached Q2 here last year.

ALFA ROMEO

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: GIOVINAZZI 11th, RAIKKONEN 13th

In the last five 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 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. An Alfa Romeo driver has finished eleventh in each of the last two races here.

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 six races at the track. They suffered double Q1 exits in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

HAAS

WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0 | 2021 RESULT: SCHUMACHER 16th, MAZEPIN 17th

Romain Grosjean’s tenth place at COTA in 2016 marks Haas’ only points-scoring race so far at their home event. 2017 and 2021 are the only times that both Haas cars have reached the end of the United States Grand Prix. In 2018, Kevin 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. The team locked out the back row in qualifying for last year’s event, through they gained positions on the final grid thanks to penalties for other drivers.

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