The fifth F1 race at COTA is upon us, the 38th US GP and the 67th GP in the US, Rosberg will remain the championship leader no matter what, but can he win the race?
COTA is 5.513km long with 20 corners and 56 racing laps, giving a total race distance of 308.728km. The lap is the ninth longest on the calendar but the race is the fourth longest, behind only Sepang, Sochi and Singapore. Surprisingly only one race at COTA has been won from pole position, Sebastian Vettel in 2013, the other three have all been won by Lewis Hamilton from second on the grid.
Rosberg has been on pole twice at COTA but both times finished second to his teammate. The race lap record for the track currently stands at 1:39.347 from the first race in 2012, but this could be beaten on Sunday.
Romain Grosjean should be making his 100th GP start on Sunday, while Kimi Raikkonen will be taking part in his 250th GP (249th start). Haas will be at taking part in their home GP for the first time, the first American team since Penske in 1976 to take part in an F1 race in the US. For those wondering about Shadow in 1977, 78, 79 and 80 they raced under a British licence from 1976 onwards so they don’t really count as American if you ask me.
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.