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 Constructors’Championships attention turns to the runners-upspots, particularly in the teams’ competition. There,
CIRCUIT DATA CIRCUIT OF THEAMERICAS
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(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2012)
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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.
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