Circuit of The Americas will host the
18th race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season from
21 to 23 October.
Located in the hills overlooking the centre of Austin, the Circuit of The Americas is the first track in the United States to have been built specifically for Formula 1. Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz and promoter Tavo Hellmund designed the track layout. The circuit was inaugurated in October 2012 and up to now has hosted
four Formula 1 GP races and just as many MotoGP races. Compared to motorcycles, the single-seaters take about 20 seconds less to complete a lap, but you could put your money on them in terms of maximum speed.
One of the distinguishing features of the track is the impressive incline at the end of the home-straight, where there is an elevation change measuring 41 metres that goes from the lowest point to the highest on the track. It is easy to imagine the consequences this has on the drivers, who often brake incorrectly on the downhill stretch.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Circuit of The Americas is in the category of tracks that are not very hard on the brakes. The Texan track earned a 5 on the
difficulty index, which only surpasses the scores given to Interlagos, Silverstone, Spa and Suzuka.