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Race information - United States 2017 // F1 returns to the popular Circuit of the Americas

Published by Christine Blachford

There are just four races left of the 2017 season, and whilst the championship is likely to be decided before we get to the end, there's still plenty to keep an eye on. This weekend, Formula One is being hosted by the Circuit of the Americas, a still relatively new but impressive facility. It's a popular track, which is even more impressive considering the results and reviews of other newer circuits, and should provide a great weekend of racing.

Event schedule

There's no hiding away from the fact that Lewis Hamilton has a chance to wrap up the championship this weekend, with a hefty lead over rival Sebastian Vettel. The run of bad fortune that Ferrari have seen couldn't have come at a worse time for the team and for us fans, meaning the tight title battle that we have enjoyed has become a distant memory.

it's understandable there will be plenty of attention on the frontrunners, therefore, but there's also some interest in the midfield. Carlos Sainz has finally made that move to Renault and will be seen out and about in his new yellow colours, whilst Brendon Hartley will get to make his F1 debut - many years after first taking a test drive in an F1 car.

Of course, it being the US Grand Prix, it will be the Haas team's chance to shine - celebrating their home race. It's been a year of steady improvement for the team and they'll be riding high off a double points finish in Japan, so who knows what they will achieve in front of the home crowd?

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
20 OctFridayFree Practice 116:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT -05:00
Free Practice 220:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT -05:00
21 OctSaturdayFree Practice 317:00
GMT +01:00
11:00
GMT -05:00
Qualifying22:00
GMT +01:00
16:00
GMT -05:00
22 OctSundayGrand Prix20:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT -05:00

Support racing for this event includes FIA Formula 4 and Masters Historic.

Expected conditions

At this early point in the week, the forecast suggests there will be rain and storms throughout with the potential for things to clear up by the time the race comes around. The temperatures are set to be relatively high, but with that comes the humidity and the chance of showers that make conditions very difficult.

Thunderstorms

Austin, Friday

28℃

  • Low 21℃
  • Humidity 73%

Thunderstorms

Scattered thunderstorms

Austin, Saturday

31℃

  • Low 19℃
  • Humidity 71%

Scattered thunderstorms

Chance of storms

Austin, Sunday

25℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 57%

Chance of storms

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit of the Americas
LocationAustin
CountryUnited States
TimezoneGMT -05:00
Race debut2012
Laps56
Length5.513 km
Distance308.405 km
Line offset0.323 km

This is the sixth race to be held at the Circuit of the Americas, and the 39th US race overall. Pole position is absolutely crucial in the event, because although it can be an exciting race, the winner has never come from further back than the front row of the grid. Lewis Hamilton has won five of the six races held here, with the only other victor bring Sebastian Vettel.

The track has earned a good reputation during its short time on the calendar, thanks to imitating some of the best corners from other tracks. With steep hills and a variety challenges from tight hairpins to long straights, there's a lot to think about and a crucial balance to find to get a good result.

As with many of the circuits on the calendar, upgrades this year have been in relation to the kerbing and barriers around the track. There are new bumps, new TecPro barriers, and double kerbs put in place of single kerbs to try and improve safety.

Results for the 2016 United States Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.428
Free Practice 2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:37.358
Free Practice 3Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:36.766
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:34.999
Grand PrixLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38:12.618
Fastest lapSebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:39.877

Tyre compounds

In an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer, this weekend will see a new tyre colour on the cars - anyone using the ultrasoft will be running a pink rather than purple stripe. In terms of performance, though, this weekend should see some nice challenges with long straights, elevation changes and a couple of tight hairpins.

Pirelli boss Mario Isola says: "For America, we're once again taking a softer range of compounds that we have done for previous races there, with the ultra soft available in Austin for the first time. This should bring laps times down, continuing the trend we have seen over the course of the season."

Selected tyre sets per driver
Soft tyreSupersoft tyreUltrasoft tyre
Lewis Hamilton337
Valtteri Bottas247
Daniel Ricciardo247
Max Verstappen247
Sebastian Vettel247
Kimi Räikkönen157
Sergio Pérez238
Esteban Ocon238
Felipe Massa229
Lance Stroll139
Fernando Alonso229
Stoffel Vandoorne139
Daniil Kvyat238
Brendon Hartley238
Romain Grosjean157
Kevin Magnussen247
Nico Hülkenberg238
Carlos Sainz238
Pascal Wehrlein337
Marcus Ericsson247

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
ThursdayFernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda
Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team
Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
Brendon HartleyScuderia Toro Rosso
Nico HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team
Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team
Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso
FridayZak BrownMcLaren Honda
Robert FernleySahara Force India F1 Team
Gene HaasHaas F1 Team
Toto WolffMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
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
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.
Radovan NovakSecretary General of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, and World Motor Sport Council member.
Mika SaloFormer Formula One driver, ALMS GT Champion and double Le Mans GT2 class winner.

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