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Race information - United States 2013 // Everything you need to know about the US Grand Prix

Published by Christine

After what could be considering a snoozefest in Abu Dhabi, we're hoping for better from Formula One this weekend. The Circuit of the Americas should be able to deliver, although we only have one year of data to base that on. The drivers seem to like the track though, and the reception from the crowd is always brilliant. With just two races left before the season end, how will the penultimate weekend pan out?

Event schedule

There's not an awful lot in the championship to be fought for, which just eases the pressure on most of the drivers. We've got Heikki Kovalainen in at Lotus, after Kimi Räikkönen's early exit from the team. There are also a lot of other changes being announced for 2014, leaving a lot of teams with tricky relationships to try and manage.

With that, the epic track, and the end-of-term feeling that's hovering over the paddock, there could be an awful lot of fun in Texas this weekend.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
15 NovFridayFree Practice 115:00
GMT +00:00
09:00
GMT -06:00
Free Practice 219:00
GMT +00:00
13:00
GMT -06:00
16 NovSaturdayFree Practice 315:00
GMT +00:00
09:00
GMT -06:00
Qualifying18:00
GMT +00:00
12:00
GMT -06:00
17 NovSundayGrand Prix19:00
GMT +00:00
13:00
GMT -06:00

Support racing for this event includes Ferrari Challenge and Formula Vintage.

The weather

The natural state of Texas is all about hot weather, but it is November and last year the temperatures were cooler than most were anticipating. This year looks set to deliver something similar, with rain forecast for Thursday and Friday, clearing up for the weekend - although there are still predicted to be plenty of clouds in the sky.

showers

Austin, Friday

23℃

  • Low 16℃
  • Humidity 71%

Chance of showers

cloudy

Austin, Saturday

26℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 83%

Cloudy

moderate

Austin, Sunday

29℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 69%

Partly cloudy

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection 1150m after Turn 10
DRS activation 1320m after Turn 11
DRS detection 265m after Turn 18
DRS activation 280m after Turn 20

We have double DRS again this weekend, and you can guarantee there will be some overtaking action down the enormous back straight. That is the first DRS zone, with detection ahead of the hairpin, and then activation at the start of the long stretch of track.

The second zone is for the start/finish straight, with detection coming before the final corner and activation down the home stretch. It ends before the drivers get to the menacing turn one, as you wouldn't want to run DRS open through there!

The circuit

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit of the Americas
LocationAustin
CountryUnited States
TimezoneGMT -06:00
Race debut2012
Laps56
Length5.516 km
Distance308.896 km
Line offset0.000 km

The Circuit of the Americas runs anti-clockwise and is what you might call a selection box of the best corners from the rest of the calendar. Unashamedly borrowing from Silverstone, Hockenheim, and Istanbul, there is a lot packed into the 5.5 kilometres of tarmac. The first corner is the most iconic, and the most challenging, with a steep incline leading to sharp, blind left hand hairpin.

A sequence of winding and twisting corners leads to the hairpin at the other end of the circuit, which in turn leads on to the enormous back straight. Ending abruptly with a few sharp turns, the track leads round to a multi-apex bend that echoes Turn 8 in Turkey. A few more ninety degree turns lead back onto the start/finish straight.

There was no sign of a safety car during the 2012 race, so working out the chances of there being one this year is slightly harder than normal. Top speeds reach 314 kilometres an hour, whilst the speediest pit stop was 2.6 seconds.

2012 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:38.125Full results
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:37.718Full results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:36.490Full results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:35.657Full results
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMcLaren1:35:55.269Full results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:39.347

Tyre compounds

United States Grand Prix tyre selection
Hard and medium compounds

Last year, the racing in Austin delivered one pit-stop strategies, but Pirelli are hoping to change that. The hard and medium compounds have been used for both outings in Texas, but this year the softer compounds are expected to encourage more visits to the pit lane. Pirelli also believe the rubber will more durable around the demanding track, but as mentioned before, the lower temperatures could be an issue.

It's a circuit that places several high-energy demands on the tyres, so you need the most durable compounds in the range. There are some fast corners and many rapid elevation changes as well: in that respect it's a bit like Spa.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayJules BianchiMarussia F1 Team
Paul di RestaSahara Force India F1 Team
Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team
Heikki KovalainenLotus F1 Team
Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team
Sergio PérezVodafone McLaren Mercedes
FridayJames AllisonScuderia Ferrari
Nick ChesterLotus F1 Team
Paddy LoweMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Sam MichaelVodafone McLaren Mercedes
Adrian NeweyInfiniti Red Bull Racing
Rob WhiteRenault Sport Technologies
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed recently to include a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
José AbedFIA Vice President, founder and president of the Mexican Organisation of International Motorsport.
Paul GutjahrPresident of the FIA Hill Climb Commission, board member and President of Auto Sport Suisse SARL
Nigel MansellFormula One World Champion 1992, CART Champion 1993, Le Mans driver and President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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