America is next! Hosted at the incredible Circuit of the Americas, the United States Grand Prix makes it’s fourth appearance since returning to the F1 calendar in 2012. The 5.5-kilometre (3.4 mile) circuit has a hairpin Turn One as signature corner, turns Three to Six similar to Silverstone’s Maggotts/Becketts, a Hockenheim-ish stadium section, and over 120,000 fans to make it a unique spectacle. For this occasion, Pirelli takes the P Zero Soft and Medium tyres.
"The United States always offers us a very warm welcome and a fantastic race weekend. Like all the other stakeholders in Formula One, America is a crucial market for us so it’s very important for us to have a race there. It’s a track that contains a bit of everything in terms of what it asks from the tyres, so we’ve brought the soft and medium compounds, which are versatile enough to cope with a wide range of demands and weather conditions. With the driver’s championship entering a decisive phase there’s obviously going to be a lot of attention on the race, and we can think of no better place to showcase Formula One."
Last year’s strategy to win
Lewis Hamilton used a two-stop strategy to win from Nico Rosberg in what was Hamilton’s 32nd victory. Hamilton raced on the soft tyres and completed two stints on mediums to win by four seconds: a strategy also echoed by his team mate. A safety car on the opening lap prompted a number of drivers into the pits, changing strategies, out of which it was Sebastian Vettel with a 'different' strategy - four stops - that eventually placed him seventh.
Lotus F1 Team
"It’s a pretty amazing country and there’s so much to explore. The people are really friendly and it really seems to be a place of opportunity. Certainly it’s a place with great opportunity for me in the future!
"It looks great and the first time I walked around it in 2012 I thought wow! The gradient up to turn one is really something and it makes for a fun first corner when you’re in the car. It’s a really well presented facility with an interesting circuit layout. It’s great to be at a race where the local character is very evident and that’s certainly the case in Austin, with the fan reception and the American way of presenting events."
Grand Prix: United States
Race Date: Oct 25 2015
First Grand Prix: 2012
Circuit Name: Circuit of the Americas
Circuit Length: 5.513 km
Race Distance: 308.405 km
Lap Record: 1:39.347 Sebastian Vettel (2012)
Practice 1 - Fri 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2 - Fri 14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3 - Sat 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying - Sat 13:00 – 14:00
Race - Sun 14:00 — 16:00
Last year’s winner: 2014 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1:40:04.785.