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The United States Grand Prix - did you know? 13 Nov 2013

The start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 The start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Race winner Alan Jones (AUS), Williams FW07C, leads at the start of the race. United States Grand Prix (West), Rd15, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, USA. 17 October 1981. Scott Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Indianapolis, USA, Saturday, 16 June 2007 Mario Andretti (USA) Lotus celebrates a popular home GP victory on the podium by having his trophy filled with champagne. United States Grand Prix (West), Rd 4, Long Beach, USA, 3 April 1977. World ©  Phipps/Sutton Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with his trophy on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Race, Austin, Texas, 18 November 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19 United States Grand Prix, Qualifying, Austin, Texas, 17 November 2012 A jubilant Francois Cevert (FRA) Tyrrell celebrates his first GP victory on the podium in the final round of the season. United States Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, 3 October 1971. World © Sutton. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, United States Grand Prix, Practice, Austin, Texas, Friday, 16 November 2012

Did you know that Lewis Hamilton is the only driver on the grid to have won in the USA before, or that the Circuit of The Americas is one of five anticlockwise tracks on the calendar? Ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, we present some of the more obscure facts and figures about the race…

• This year’s race is the second to be held at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The track is one of five completely anticlockwise circuits on the 2013 calendar (The others are Singapore, Korea, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. With its figure of eight layout, you could argue that Suzuka runs both clockwise and anticlockwise).

• Austin is the sixth venue to have hosted the United States Grand Prix following Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961-80), Phoenix (1989-91) and Indianapolis (2000-07). Of course, Indianapolis also plays host to the Indy 500 which was a round of the Formula One world championship between 1950 and 1960.

• A further four American venues have hosted rounds of the world championship under different race titles. They are: Long Beach (1976-83), Las Vegas (1981-82), Detroit (1982-88) and Dallas (1984).

• With 20 corners, the Circuit of The Americas has the third-highest number of turns of any track on the 2013 calendar after Singapore (23) and Abu Dhabi (21).

• 151 American drivers have started at least one Grand Prix, although that figure includes a large number of drivers who only competed in the Indy 500 when it was a round of the world championship.

• The last American driver to start a Grand Prix was Scott Speed in 2007. He lost his drive at Toro Rosso after the 2007 European Grand Prix and was replaced by none other than Sebastian Vettel.

• Despite American drivers having won 33 rounds of the world championship (the tenth highest of any nationality), no American driver has ever won the United States Grand Prix. However, US racing legend Mario Andretti did win the United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach in 1977.

• Statistically the most successful driver in US Grand Prix history is Michael Schumacher with five victories. Jim Clark and Graham Hill both have three wins apiece to their names and you can read about their battle in the 1965 race here.

• Lewis Hamilton is the only man on the current grid to have won the United States Grand Prix, having taken victory at Indianapolis in 2007 and in the inaugural race in Austin last year.

• In terms of manufacturers, Ferrari have the best record in United States Grand Prix history. The Scuderia have won nine races to Lotus’s and McLaren’s eight. Ferrari have also scored an additional 12 podium finishes to McLaren’s seven.

• Sebastian Vettel took pole at last year’s US race and led 41 of the 56 race laps. Lewis Hamilton, who started second, led the other 15 laps, including the most important one - the last lap.

• At the last round in Abu Dhabi, Vettel won his seventh consecutive victory and his 11th overall this season. That equalled Michael Schumacher’s record for consecutive victories in a season, so Vettel can make the record his own by winning in Austin. If he does that he’ll move on to 12 victories for the season - just one behind Schumacher’s record of 13 with one race still to go...

• Mark Webber’s second place finish in Abu Dhabi gave him 18 points and moved him beyond the 1,000 career points mark. The Australian is currently on 1014.5 and has just two more races to add to his tally of nine race wins before heading into F1 retirement…

• The lap record in Austin is owned by world champion - and current king of statistics - Sebastian Vettel. It stands at 1m 39.347s.

• We are yet to see a safety car in Austin - it was not deployed last year.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 68 percent of the COTA lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is 13 seconds on the long straight between Turns 11 and 12. Drivers make an average of 54 gear changes per lap, which equates to 3024 gear changes over the 56-lap race.

• A number of well-known drivers scored their first F1 wins in United States Grands Prix, including: Bruce McLaren (1959), Innes Ireland (1961), Jochen Rindt (1969), Emerson Fittipaldi (1970), Francois Cevert (1971).

• And finally, thanks to a double points finish in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari have finally overhauled McLaren’s consecutive points-scoring record. The Scuderia have now finished with at least one car in the top ten in 65 consecutive races, dating back to the 2010 German Grand Prix.

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