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In numbers - the United States Grand Prix

18 Oct 2016

Did you know that for several years the Indy 500 featured on the Formula One calendar? Or that Sebastian Vettel made his first and 100th F1 starts on American soil? Ahead of this year’s Austin round, we present some fascinating facts and figures...



Number of times the F1 drivers’ title has been decided on US soil.



Number of current drivers to have won in the United States - Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.



The height difference, in metres, between the lowest and highest points of the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).


Austin is the sixth circuit to have hosted the United States Grand Prix following Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), Watkins Glen (1961-80), Phoenix (1989-91) and Indianapolis (2000-07). No other country can boast more F1 venues.


The world-famous Indianapolis 500 race was also a round of the F1 world championship between 1950 and 1960.


A further four American tracks have hosted rounds of the F1 world championship under different race titles. They are Long Beach (1976-83), Las Vegas (1981-82), Detroit (1982-88) and Dallas (1984).


American drivers have won 33 rounds of the world championship (the tenth highest total for any nationality).


Vettel also reached his century of F1 starts on US soil - he finished second for Red Bull in the 2012 event.


Ferrari have the best team record in United States Grand Prix history with nine victories. However, the Scuderia are yet to triumph at COTA, with McLaren (2012), Red Bull (2013) and Mercedes (2014-15) taking the spoils in the four races to date.



That 2012 race witnessed the closest F1 finish to date at COTA - Lewis Hamilton’s winning margin over Vettel was just 0.675s.


Number of laps led at COTA by Sebastian Vettel - more than any other driver. Next up is Lewis Hamilton on 76, followed by Nico Rosberg on 44.


Highest lateral g-force experienced by a driver during a lap of COTA in a current F1 car - at Turn 16.


Percentage of COTA’s 5.513-kilometre lap distance spent at full throttle in a current F1 car.


Highest figure, in km/h, clocked through the speed trap during last year’s Austin race - by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.