Every year the United States GP at COTA gets closer and closer to being my favourite of the season, can’t be too long until it reaches the top spot. Not only is the track great but the COTA Twitter account is fantastic and last year even helped me track someone down who could give me cowboy hat measurements for a stat!
This weekend will be the fourth race at The Circuit of the Americas, the 37th United States GP and the 66th F1 race in the States. The COTA track is 5.513km long with 56 laps, giving a total race distance of 308.728km. So far only one of the three races has been won from pole position (Vettel in 2013) with the other two races both winning from second on the grid. The current lap record was set at the first race in 2012 by Sebastian Vettel, a time of 1:39.347, an average speed of 200kph or 124mph.
Lewis Hamilton has won the most races at COTA with two, but McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes are all tied on most constructor wins with one each. Alexander Rossi will be racing at his home GP this weekend and I really hope he finished in ninth place, why you ask? All American drivers in F1 championship events have scored 998 points in total and the number has bugged me for years, someone needs to bring it up to 1000!
Hamilton can win the title at the United States GP, but he needs to outscore Vettel by nine points and Rosberg by two points.
Hamilton wins – Rosberg out of championship – Vettel must finish second to stay in it
Hamilton second – Rosberg has to win – Vettel must finish fifth or higher
Hamilton third – Rosberg must be second or higher – Vettel must finish at least sixth
It is unlikely Hamilton will finish lower than third so I won’t go through every single possibility, but as I said before, Hamilton can win the title by scoring nine points more than Vettel and two more than Rosberg.
The Silly Stats
It would take 575,155 cowboy hats to completely cover the US GP track surface.
You would need 48,258 Big Macs to lap the track, but if you wanted to completely cover the track you would need a 6,378,678 Big Macs.
If bullets could turn corners, a 9mm round could lap the track in just 12.927 seconds.