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Formula One United States Grand Prix

Formula One United States Grand Prix

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RacePreview
2013 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
14-17 NOVEMBER 2013 For the penultimate race of the 2013 season,Formula One makes it way to Texas and Austin’sCircuit of the Americas, the second time the sporthas visited the 5.513km track. Immediately popular with most F1 drivers on itsinauguration last year, the counter-clockwise circuitis an intriguing blend of corner types, with sectionsmodelled on famous stretches of some of the world’smost celebrated grand prix tracks. The first sector in particular was singled out for praise by many drivers due to the challengepresented by its first corner, approached up a steephill and featuring a blind apex, and because of therapid changes of direction through turns four to six,said to resemble the Maggots-Becketts complex atSilverstone. Sector two contains a long straight ending in a goodovertaking opportunity at Turn 12, while the finalsector is a more technical stretch similar in style toHockenheim’s stadium section and the tricky Turn19, a downhill medium-speed left-hander whichmany branded the toughest corner on the track to getright. Last year’s race was notable for high track evolutionover the weekend and cold weather that madegetting tyres up to optimum working temperaturedifficult. With Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull Racing teamuntouchable in the Drivers’ and ConstructorsChampionships attention turns to the runners-upspots, particularly in the teams’ competition. There, 
CIRCUIT DATA CIRCUIT OF THEAMERICAS
 
Length of lap:
 5.513km
Lap record:
1:39.347
(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2012)
Start/finish line offset:
0.323km
Total number of racelaps:
 56
Total race distance:
308.405km
Pitlane speed limits:
80km/h throughout theweekend. 
CHANGES TO THECIRCUIT SINCE 2012
â–º Removable kerbs,50mm high, similar tothose used at the apex of Turns Eight and Nine in Abu Dhabi, have beeninstalled at the apex of Turns Three, Four andFive. Similar kerbs, 75mmhigh, have been placed atthe apex of Turns Sevenand Nine. 
DRS ZONES
â–º There will be two DRSzones at COTA. Thedetection point of the firstwill be 150 metres after Turn 10, with theactivation point 320m after  
 
Mercedes, on 334 points, have an 11-point lead over Ferrari. However, the momentum is marginally withthe Silvers Arrows, who have scored 67 points over the last four races compared with the PrancingHorse’s 49. In the driver’s battle, with third-placed KimiRaikkonen of Lotus set to miss the final two roundsof the season, second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari looks certain to claim the runners-up spot. . zone’s detection point willbe 65m after Turn 18, withthe activation point 80mafter Turn 20, just beforethe start/finish line. United States GPFast Factsâ–º Including Austin,Formula One has stagedraces at 10 differentvenues in the UnitedStates. Indianaolis Motor â–º Michael Schumacher is the most successfulFormula One driver atraces desinated as the
 
 Speedway kicked thingsoff with races from 1950-1960 and then staged theUS GP again from 2000-2007. FollowingIndianapolis’ first stint, F1World Championshipraces have also beenheld at Sebring (1959),Riverside (1960), WatkinsGlen (1961-’80), LongBeach (1976-’83), LasVegas (1981-’82), Detroit(1982-’88), Dallas (1984)and Phoenix (1989-’91).â–º Alan Jones is the onlydriver to win at more thantwo US venues. The Australian racer took hisfirst victory on Americansoil at the 1980 US GrandPrix at Watkins Glen andthe following year he wonraces at Long Beach andLas Vegas. All threetriumphs were achieved atthe wheel of Williamscars. â–º Lewis Hamilton is theonly current driver to havewon at more than one UScircuit. The Briton took hissecond grand prix victoryat the 2007 race inIndianapolis and landedhis 21st win at last year’sinaugural Austin event.On both occasions hewas driving for McLaren. United States Grand Prix.The seven-time championwon five times at theIndianapolis Motor Speedway, in 2000 andfrom 2003-’06. TheGerman’s 2005 win wasnotorioulsy scored at thegrand prix with the feweststarters in F1 history. Justsix cars raced the ’05event after questions over tyre safety caused thewithdrawal of 14 cars.â–º Next on the list of biggest winners are JimClark and Graham Hill,with three wins each. Thepair dominated the USGrand Prix at WatkinsGlen for a six-year spell inthe 1960s, with Clarkwinning in 1962 and thenclaiming back-to-backvictories in 1966-’67. Hill,meanwhile, rattled off ahat-trick of wins from1963-’65.â–º Ayrton Senna is themost successful driver atmultiple US venues. Thethree-time Formula Onechampion took two UnitedStates Grand Prix wins in1990 and 1991 inPhoenix. He also won theDetroit Grand Prix threetimes from 1986-’88.â–º Though California’s Alexander Rossi will takepart in this weekend’s firstpractice session, the lastUS driver to start a homegrand prix was ScottSpeed in 2007. Driving for Toro Rosso, he started20th and finished 13th atIndianapolis. Speed madehis GP weekend debutwith Red Bull Racing atthe Canadian Grand Prixin 2005 in a practicesession and made hisrace debut for Toro Rossothe following year in theopening round in Bahrain.He made 29 more startsfor Toro Rosso beforelosing his race seat after the 2007 European GrandPrix at the Nurburgring.His replacement? Noneother than four-timechampion elect SebastianVettel.â–º If Vettel wins thisweekend, he will take theoutright record for mostconsecutive wins in asingle season. Vettelcurrently has seven winsin a row to his credit.United States GPRace StewardsBiographies
PAUL GUTJAHR
PRESIDENT OF THE FIA HILL CLIMBCOMMISSION, BOARD MEMBER ANDPRESIDENT OF AUTO SPORT SUISSE SARLPaul Gutjahr started racing in the late 1960s with Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Lotus and Porsche, then Marchin Formula 3. In the early ‘70s he became Presidentof the Automobile Club Berne and organisednumerous events. He acted as President of theorganising committee of the Swiss GP at Dijonbetween 1980-82. Between 1980-2005 he acted asPresident of the Commission Sportive Nationale del’Automobile Club de Suisse and in 2005 he

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