Circuit of The Americas joined the F1 calendar in 2012 as the sixth different host of the United States Grand Prix. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about COTA ahead of the United States Grand Prix!
Track length: 5.513km
Race length: 308.405km
Circuit opened: 2012
F1 first visited: 2012
Races held: 10
Track Record: 1:32.029, Valtteri Bottas, 2019
Lap Record: 1:36.169, Charles Leclerc, 2019
In 2012, Circuit of The Americas became the sixth different venue to host the United States Grand Prix in World Championship history. There have been ten races held at COTA since F1 first visited for the 2012 United States Grand Prix. From those ten races, five different drivers have taken victory here.
Hamilton has won half of the races at COTA
Lewis Hamilton has the most wins at COTA, having taken five wins in Texas.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are the only drivers to have taken back-to-back wins at COTA. Hamilton holds the record for the most consecutive wins at the circuit, having taken four wins in a row here between 2014 and 2017.
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are the only former winner of the United States Grand Prix at COTA not on the current grid. Of the current grid, Lewis Hamilton has more wins here than any other driver, with five victories, while Max Verstappen has won twice and Valtteri Bottas took his first United States Grand Prix win in 2019.
Mercedes have the most COTA wins of any team
Mercedes have more wins than any other team in Texas, with five, while Red Bull have won the United States Grand Prix three times. McLaren and Ferrari have conquered the track once each.
Mercedes have powered the most victories at COTA, with six wins in total.
Mercedes are the only team to have recorded a 1-2 finish at the circuit. They have done so four times, most recently in 2019.
The average win margin at COTA is under five seconds
Seven races here have been won by less than five seconds, with the smallest win margin just 0.675 seconds, the gap 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 ten races held so far at COTA, the average win margin has been 4.057 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
12 different drivers have stood on the podium in Texas. Lewis Hamilton has more top three finishes here than any other driver, with nine appearances on the podium.
Mercedes have had more podium finishes at the track than any other team, with 12 top three finishes.
Britain leads the way in terms of most podiums for a nation at the track. Hamilton has taken all nine of Britain’s podiums here.
Six different drivers have started from pole at COTA.
Lewis Hamilton’s COTA pole record could be equalled in 2023
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.
Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel are the only previous polesitters at the track who are not on the current grid. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz are the other drivers to have taken pole here.
Four drivers have taken back-to-back poles at COTA. Lewis Hamilton has taken the most consecutive poles at the track, recording three in a row between 2016 and 2018.
Mercedes have the most poles of any team
Mercedes are the team with the most poles at the track with six, while Red Bull and Ferrari are the only other teams to have taken pole here. Red Bull have three poles at COTA, while Ferrari took their first pole at the track in 2022.
There have been four occasions on which a team has locked-out the front row at COTA. The four front row lock outs came in consecutive seasons, from 2013 to 2016. Red Bull locked-out the front row in 2013, while Mercedes set the two fastest qualifying times in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The closest qualifying session at COTA was decided by 0.012s
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 three times at COTA. That happened for the first time in 2018, when Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time by just 0.061 seconds.
The smallest pole margin at the circuit so far came in 2019, when Valtteri Bottas secured pole by just twelve thousandths of a second.
From the ten races held here so far, the average pole margin for the United States Grand Prix has been 0.150 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The United States Grand Prix at Texas has been won from pole on five occasions. The other five wins have come from second on the grid. The race has never been won by a driver who hasn’t started on the front row of the grid.
In 2022, Carlos Sainz became the first polesitter at COTA to fail to finish on the podium. He was eliminated on the first lap of the race. He also became the first polesitter to retire on the opening lap.
Sainz’s first lap retirement aside, every United States Grand Prix polesitter at COTA has finished the first lap in the top two positions except Nico Rosberg, who ran fourth at the end of the opening lap.
From the ten races held at COTA, the polesitter has led at the end of Lap 1 on five occasions. In the past five races at the track, Valtteri Bottas is the only polesitter to have led at the end of the first lap, doing so at the 2019 United States Grand Prix.
The top three qualifiers have all gone on to finish in the top three in the Grand Prix on four occasions in Texas. 2016 and 2021 are the only times 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 18th on the grid.
Since F1 first visited the track in 2012, 560 racing laps of COTA have been completed.
From the 206 cars which have started a Grand Prix at the circuit, 170 have crossed the finish line. That gives an overall finish rate of 82.5%.
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.
Safety Cars and Red Flags at COTA
The Safety Car has made an appearance in four races at COTA, while the Virtual Safety Car has also been used in four 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, and in 2022.
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.
There is yet to be a red-flagged United States Grand Prix at COTA and every race here has run to its scheduled distance.
Vettel has the most fastest laps at COTA
Four drivers have set the fastest lap of a United States Grand Prix at this circuit. Sebastian Vettel has set more fastest laps here than any other driver. He’s set the Sunday pace on five occasions at COTA.
Hamilton has led the most laps
Lewis Hamilton has led the most laps at COTA, having spent 249 laps at the front of the field.
Ten drivers have led laps here in total – with five of those drivers failing to ever win a race here. Nico Rosberg has led the most laps at the track without taking victory, having spent 44 laps leading races at COTA. Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Charles Leclerc are the other drivers to have led laps at the circuit without winning.
There’s yet to be a COTA race in which the winner has led every lap of the race.
The fewest laps led en-route to victory at COTA is 15, which is how many laps Lewis Hamilton led on his way to victory at the 2012 United States Grand Prix. That’s the only time that the winner of the race has not been the driver who led the most laps of the Grand Prix.
The highest number of drivers to lead a lap in a race at COTA is five. Five different drivers led at least one lap during the 2022 United States Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have been crowned World Champion at COTA, winning both the 2015 and 2019 Drivers’ Championships at the track.
The Constructors’ Championship has been decided at COTA on three occasions. Red Bull were crowned champions here in 2012 and 2022, while Mercedes clinched the Constructors’ Championship title here in 2017.
The winner of the race at COTA has won the championship in the same season on six occasions.
The leaders of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after the United States Grand Prix at Texas have gone on to win the title in every season since the event was first held in 2012.
The 2013 United States Grand Prix is the only race at COTA in which both championships had already been decided prior to the race. In addition, the Constructors’ Championship had already been decided before the COTA race in every season between 2013 and 2016, and in 2019, while the Drivers’ Championship was decided prior to the 2022 United States Grand Prix.
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.
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