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Race information - United States 2014 // Gear up for the circuit that hands drivers cowboy hats

Published by Christine

With three races left of the season and one championship sewn up already, Formula One moves on to the United States. Two teams are set to be missing this weekend, with both Caterham and Marussia succumbing to their financial difficulties. The show must go on, though, and it's up to the remaining nine teams to provide the entertainment - thankfully on a much better circuit than the previous weekend offered up!

Event schedule

Mercedes managed to wrap up the constructor's championship in Russia, leaving their two drivers open to fight for the title for the last three rounds without fear of upsetting the bosses. That could spice things up even more than we've seen already, and there's not exactly been a lot of love lost there so far!

Elsewhere, we have drivers still fighting for their careers as Jean-Éric Vergne searches for a second chance at Toro Rosso, and Romain Grosjean eyes up his prospects for the future. We're also still in limbo at the big teams, waiting and wondering who will be moving where when next season rolls around. With drivers keen to impress and the new Circuit of the Americas track under their tyres, we should be in for a treat this weekend.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
31 OctFridayFree Practice 115:00
GMT +00:00
10:00
GMT -05:00
Free Practice 219:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT -05:00
01 NovSaturdayFree Practice 315:00
GMT +00:00
10:00
GMT -05:00
Qualifying18:00
GMT +00:00
13:00
GMT -05:00
02 NovSundayGrand Prix20:00
GMT +00:00
14:00
GMT -06:00

Support racing for this event includes Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

The sun is due to be shining in Austin, if you believe the weather forecasts. Looking from this early vantage point, we've got some pretty consistent temperatures in the mid 20s, and a bit of sunshine here and there but with the occasional cloud thrown in for good measure. There's not much hint of rain at the moment, and the weekend should be able to continue without precipitation getting in the way.

Clear

Austin, Friday

24℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 37%

Clear

Partly cloudy

Austin, Saturday

23℃

  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 33%

Partly cloudy

Partly sunny and breezy

Austin, Sunday

25℃

  • Low 19℃
  • Humidity 58%

Partly sunny and breezy

Track information

Circuit of the Americas circuit map
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

The Circuit of the Americas enters its third year of hosting a round of the Formula One season, and so far it has appealed as one of the few brand new circuits not to be completely dull and boring. Although the 2013 round was dominated by Sebastian Vettel, it still had something to keep the fans interested. The track has cherry picked some of the best features of other popular race destinations, including Brazil and Hockenheim plus that dastardly turn 8 in Istanbul.

With some great elevation changes, including that impressive first corner lift leading to a blind left hander, the track is a breath of fresh air in what can be a difficult part of the season to get through.

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit of the Americas
LocationAustin
CountryUnited States
TimezoneGMT -06:00
Race debut2012
Laps56
Length5.513 km
Distance308.405 km
Line offset0.323 km

Naturally, there have only been two other races at the Circuit of the Americas to compare notes with, with Lewis Hamilton winning the first and Sebastian Vettel scooping victory in the second.

Formula One has a far longer history in the US, with Indianapolis hosting the first and last race before we headed down to Austin, Texas.

The track is intended for more than just motorsport, with a vast acreage being built up to include museums and training centres, a driving academy and a research facility. There's always something going on at COTA!

Results for the 2013 United States Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:38.343
Free Practice 2Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:37.305
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:36.733
QualifyingSebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:36.338
Grand PrixSebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:39:17.148
Fastest lapSebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:39.856

Tyre compounds

United States Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and soft compounds

The two previous race victories around this track have been via a one-stop strategy, which may not be what fans want to hear after the disappointing Russian race. However, Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery reckons the track will be different now, and their choice of mediums and softs will offer up something a little more interesting.

With the track surface now three years old, it has become more mature and should theoretically offer better grip than previous years. The medium and soft tyres are expected to put us on track for a two-stop race, although we will have to confirm our projected data after free practice. A lot will depend on the weather.

- 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
ThursdayValtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing
Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team
Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team
Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing
FridayÉric BoullierMcLaren Mercedes
Monisha KaltenbornSauber F1 Team
Gérard LopezLotus F1 Team
Vijay MallyaSahara Force India F1 Team
Claire WilliamsWilliams Martini Racing
Toto WolffMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Silvia BellotMember of the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation Board of Directors, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission Member, and FIA steward.
Garry ConnellyDeputy President of the FIA Institute, Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety, F1 and WTCC Steward, and FIA World Motorsport Council Member.
Derek WarwickFormer Formula One driver and World Sportscar champion.

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