The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a 3.426-mile (5.514 km) FIA-specified motor racing track and facilities located within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Austin, Texas, in the United States. The venue hosts the Formula One United States Grand Prix, the NASCAR Texas Grand Prix, and the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas, a MotoGP round. The Australian V8 Supercars, the Americas Rallycross Championship, the American Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the IndyCar Classic have all raced there in the past.
In the middle of 2010, the circuit and Grand Prix were first proposed. The track was the first in the United States to be designed specifically for Formula One. The circuit was designed by German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke, who has also designed the Sepang, Shanghai, Yas Marina, Istanbul, Bahrain, Yeongam, and Buddh circuits, as well as the reprofiling of the Hockenheimring and Fuji Speedway.
Tavo Hellmund announced plans to build the track on approximately 890 acres (3.6 km2) of undeveloped land in southeastern Travis County on July 27, 2010. The majority of the property was earmarked for development as a residential subdivision called “Wandering Creek.” Hellmund also revealed that Texas billionaire Red McCombs was the project’s largest investor during the same press conference. On December 17, 2010, the circuit homologation design was submitted to the FIA in Geneva for approval. The track was designed by HKS, Inc. and Tilke Engineers & Architects, and the general contractor was Austin Commercial, a subsidiary of Austin Industries. Construction began on December 31, 2010, and was scheduled to be finished by June 2012.
|Austin, Texas, US
|October 21, 2012
|F1 lap record
|1:36.169 (Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 2019)
The seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, is the most successful driver at COTA with five wins to his name. Max Verstappen occupies P2 with three wins while P3 belongs to Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Valterri Bottas with one win each.
|Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Valterri Bottas
Most pole positions
British driver Lewis Hamilton is the man with the most poles at COTA with three to his name. Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg occupies P2 with two poles each at the track while the likes of Max Verstappen, Valterri Bottas and Carlos Sainz have one pole each.
|Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg
|Max Verstappen, Valterri Bottas, Carlos Sainz
Most successful constructors
Mercedes is the most successful constructor to have raced at COTA five wins to their names. Red Bulll comes in at P2 with three wins. Ferrari and McLaren complete the podium with one win each.