The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) near Austin, Texas hosted it’s debut Formula 1 race in 2012. Since then, Lewis Hamilton has won three of the four Grand Prix. Ahead of next weekends race, we look at the venue and the architects behind it.
There is a reason why the Austin F1 Grand Prix in October 2015 may well go down in history as one of the best and most exciting races of the season – lots of takeovers, fierce duels between Mercedes-drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who became world champion in Austin, and the impressive turn-around by Sebastian Vettel created international headlines.
The Circuit of The Americas has shown great success in a relatively short time and is already now regarded as a classic in Formula 1 races. Tilke is not surprised. The team capitalized on over 20 years of know-how in racetrack design during the planning stage. The result is a very fast, yet equally safe racetrack that features 20 curves and altitude differences of up to 40 meters. Moreover, several sections are inspired by other famous circuits like the Hockenheimring and Silverstone.
Team TIlke developed the pit-building with 34 garages, the grandstand, the press center, the medical center as well as the paddock. This infrastructure is also used by the Moto GP since 2013. Given the modern design, the Circuit of The Americas is also FIM homologized. The generous width of the track is typical for our racetracks and guarantees exciting action on two as well as four wheels with highest safety standards.
The Circuit of The Americas is already now among the leaders in international motorsport racetracks and with its progressive design it is very well equipped for the future.
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