AMERICAAAAAAA! Back to the land of the free, third time at the Circuit of the Americas and the 65th Formula One Grand Prix in the USA.
America is a country with great history in F1, with an incredible ten circuits having hosted a GP, more than any other country. The ten circuits have a total of 65 races between them including this weekend’s US Grand Prix, the US even hosted three races in the 1982 season, something no other nation has ever done.
Amazingly the US GP West at Long Beach ran eight times but was never won by the same driver twice, another unique record for the States. On top of having more F1 circuits than anywhere else the US also has more race starting drivers than anywhere else, 151 in total, just ahead of Great Britain with 143.
The Circuit of the Americas is a 5.513km long circuit with 20 corners and 56 laps, a total race distance of 308.728km. The two previous races at the track have been won by two different drivers, Hamilton in 2012 and Vettel in 2013. The lap record was set on the track’s debut in 2012 by Sebastian Vettel, lapping at 1:39.349 with an average speed of exactly 200kph or 124mph.
Another Hamilton win would take him up to 32 in total, the most of any British driver and bringing him equal with Fernando Alonso. It’s quite likely that Mercedes can grab their 59th and 60th podium this weekend and also the 50th win for the Brackley team (combined from Tyrrell, BAR, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes).
The Silly Stats
Two years ago I worked out that you’d need 48,258 Big Macs to lap the track, but if you wanted to completely cover the track with them you would need 6,378,678 Big Macs. The 6.3 million Big Macs would weigh a total of 1,365,009kg, that is the same weight as 1,975 2014 Formula One cars.
It would take 575,155 cowboy hats to completely cover the US GP track surface.