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: 9
Track Record: 1:32.029, Valtteri Bottas, 2019
Lap Record: 1:36.169, Charles Leclerc, 2019
There have been nine races held at COTA since F1 first visited in 2012. From those nine races, five different drivers have taken victory here.
Kimi Raikkonen is the only former winner of the United States Grand Prix at COTA not on the current grid. Lewis Hamilton has more wins here than any other driver, with five victories, while Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen have each won at the track once.
Mercedes have more wins than any other team in Texas, with five, while Red Bull have won twice. McLaren and Ferrari have conquered the track once each. Mercedes have powered the most victories at COTA, with six wins in total.
Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to have taken back-to-back wins at COTA, and holds the record for the most consecutive wins at the circuit, having taken four wins in a row here between 2014 and 2017.
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.
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 nine races held so far at COTA, the average win margin has been 3.950 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM
Eleven different drivers have stood on the podium in Texas. Lewis Hamilton has more top three finishes here than any other driver, with eight appearances on the podium.
Mercedes have had more podium finishes at the track than any other team, with eleven top three finishes, while Britain leads the way in terms of most podiums for a nation at the track. Hamilton has taken all eight of Britain’s podiums here.
Five different drivers have started from pole at COTA. 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.
Mercedes are the team with the most poles at the track with six, while Red Bull are the only other team to have taken pole here.
Nico Rosberg is the only previous polesitter at the track who is not on the current grid. Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are the other drivers to have taken pole here.
Three 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.
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 twice 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 eight races held here so far, the average pole margin for the US Grand Prix has been 0.159 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
The US Grand Prix at Texas has been won from pole on five occasions. The other four 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.
There is yet to be a US Grand Prix at COTA where the polesitter has failed to finish on the podium.
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 eighteenth on the grid.
The Safety Car has made an appearance in three 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.
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.
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.
From the 186 cars which have started a Grand Prix at the circuit, 154 have crossed the finish line. That gives an overall finish rate of 82.8%.
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.
There is yet to be a red-flagged US Grand Prix at COTA and every race here has run to its scheduled distance.
Since F1 first visited the track in 2012, 504 racing laps of COTA have been completed.
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. Red Bull and Mercedes were crowned Constructors’ Champions here in 2012 and 2017 respectively.
The winner of the race at COTA has gone on to win the championship in the same season on five occasions.
The leaders of both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships after the US 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.
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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