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Formula 1 US Grand Prix 2022 - COTA Track Guide: Wild, wild West

Here's everything you need to know ahead of this year's United States Grand Prix, officially the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix 2022. The Circuit of The Americas was built in 2012, when Hermann Tilke collaborated with the American architectural firm HKS. Mario Andretti opened the track on October 21 2012, a month before the first ever US GP, that marked Lewis Hamilton's last win for McLaren before he switched to Mercedes in 2013.

United States Grand Prix Start, Turn 1, 2021
2021 Race Start, Turn 1

What the US Grand Prix gave us last year

Although Max Verstappen lost the lead of the race after the start, when Lewis Hamilton dived into T1, forcing the Dutch driver into a mistake, Verstappen drove a brilliant race to beat Hamilton in his Red Bull, and finished ahead of him in Austin. He extended his lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' World Championship standings, with many saying that this was the deciding race that cost Hamilton his 8th World Title.

Circuit Map provided by the FIA
Circuit Map provided by the FIA

Track Characteristics

Turns: 20

DRS Zones: 2

Circuit Length: 5.513 km (3.425 mi)

Total Race Distance: 308.405 km (191.633 mi)

Number of Laps: 56

Lap Record: 1:36.169 (Charles Leclerc, 2019) Direction: Anti-Clockwise

Elevation Change: 30.9 m


Just like last year, the three hardest compounds of the Pirelli Formula 1 range have been selected for the Japanese Grand Prix is back: the C2 as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as P Zero Red soft.

Pressure and Camber info:

Minimum Starting Pressure (slicks): 23.0 psi (front), 20.0 psi (rear)

EOS Camber limit: -3.25° (front), -2.00° (rear)

More tyre info provided by Pirelli
More tyre info provided by Pirelli

2022 Formula 1 US Grand Prix Weekend Schedule: Friday 21 October:

  • FP1: 20:00 - 21:00 GMT

  • FP2: 23:00 - 00:30 GMT (+1)

Saturday 22 October:

  • FP3: 20:00 - 21:00 GMT

  • Qualifying: 23:00 -00:00 GMT (+1)

Sunday 23 October:

  • Race: 20:00 GMT

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