The Circuit of The Americas, or COTA as it is affectionately known, is the first purpose-built F1 facility in the United States and lies in Travis County, Texas, near Austin.
The original design of the 5.5km-long circuit was the brainchild of promoter Tavo Hellmund and former motorcycling World Champion Kevin Schwantz with Herman Tilke adding the finishing touches.
COTA, which runs anti-clockwise and has an elevation change of 41 metres, can host more than 120,000 spectators on a Formula One race day and also boasts state of the art multi-purpose venues.
Back to F1 and the 20-turn circuit finds itself with a steep, uphill run into the hairpin Turn 1 with the fast-flowing Turns 3 through 6 very similar to Silverstone’s high-speed Maggotts/Becketts.
Directions: Located just outside of the Austin city limits, the Circuit of the Americas is in Travis County, Texas. The rich and famous may helicopter in but for the rest the Austin-Bergstrom airport is close by meaning just a short car trip to the track.
Circuit name: Circuit of The Americas
Circuit Length: 5.5 km
Lap Record: 1:39.347 – S Vettel (2012)