Formula 1 has been searching for some time for a suitable permanent circuit in the USA and in Austin it has found it. In only its third year the American Grand Prix in Austin has rapidly become a favourite with both fans and F1 teams. Once again designed by Hermann Tilke, this undulating circuit takes characteristics from some of the best corners in racing, including the Maggots-Becketts section at Silverstone and the famous Turn 8 in Turkey. Austin’s first race was a thriller as Lewis Hamilton made use of DRS to complete a move around the outside of Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages for race victory. And in 2013 the move was replicated by many others, making use of the long back straight into a heavy-braking hairpin. Sebastian Vettel won last year’s edition.
Circuit length 5.51 km
Race distance 308.405 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
The new Circuit of The Americas, which runs anti-clockwise, is a wonderful mixture of many of the most famous circuits on the F1 calendar; it has more corners at over 250 km/h than Spa and more below 100 km/h than Hungary, which is quite a combination! For the last two seasons Pirelli has brought medium and hard tyres, this year it is soft and medium. But 2014 compounds are harder, so we could again see a 1 stop race, as we did in 2012 and 2013. The key will be the difference in pace between soft and medium tyres, as the pit lane time is not too long, so 2 stops are viable.
In collaboration with James Allen