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Formula One - United States GP Preview

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:00

With the celebrations from Abu Dhabi having subsided, Lotus F1 Team enters the nineteenth of twenty races in the 2012 season and heads to the United States and a circuit that has never been raced on before: the "Circuit of the Americas" in Austin, Texas.

Kimi Räikkönen

We did it!  It took us a while, but we did it.  All the work by the team came good and we were able to show what we knew all along; we have a car that can compete at the front.  And more than that, we can win.

The win was a pretty good way to show that everyone has made the right choice for 2013. There is more to come. I promise!

Austin will be the third new circuit for me this year and most of all, a brand new place for every team and every driver as well.  I don’t know anything about Austin, just the name Circuit of the Americas.  I like the American atmosphere, it’s just a relaxed environment; they know how to have fun and, most of all, they love racing.

Kimi Raikkonen
Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean

The win was unbelievable for the team. Kimi did a fantastic job. Hopefully the good results continue, starting in Austin.

I’ve never been to the USA before, not even for a shopping trip to New York!  I don’t think it will be the easiest circuit to learn and there are a few fast corners which look like they will be a challenge. The first corner certainly looks to be good fun.  I’ve spoken to Jérôme [d'Ambrosio], so I have a little idea of what to expect.

Eric Boullier

Eric Boullier - Team Principal

I received over four hundred messages at [Yas Marina Circuit] after the chequered flag! It was a pleasant surprise to see that a few of them were coming from our rival teams saying how happy they were or us. Standing on the podium as Team Principal of the winning constructor was something really special.  It was a very emotional moment. I hope we get used to it very soon.

There’s a fantastic feeling of excitement and we have two races yet to go. We did it once and we can do it again this season.

On Track: Circuit of the Americas

Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas, Circuit, Track, MapTURN 1

There is a sizeable elevation change here where the circuit rises steeply and drops away.

TURNS 2 – 3

Two very high speed corners which look to be flat out.


A potential overtaking opportunity following what looks like being a third gear corner at Turn 9, followed immediately by Turn 10 which will be taken flat before heavy braking into this hairpin.


Brakes need to be set-up so they are not too cool at the end of the long straight in preparation for heavy braking into this corner.

TURNS 13 – 15

This is a combination of fairly low speed second gear corners. The way it is driven will depend on the kerbs.

TURNS 16 – 18

Front wing levels are tailored to counter understeer in this continuous double apex sequence.

Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas, us gp, PREVIEW
Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas, us gp, PREVIEW


Austin, Texas, Circuit of the Americas, us gp, PREVIEWLotus F1 Team made its United States Grand Prix debut in 1989 under the Benetton name, with italian Alessandro Nannini and British driver Johnny Herbert at the wheel.

The team has taken just two United States Grand Prix podiums to date; the first in 1991 [Nelson Piquet, Benetton] and the second in 2006 [Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault]. 

Of course, the USA has hosted a number of races outside of the United States Grand Prix banner, of which the 1988 Detroit Grand Prix stands out for Lotus F1 Team; Belgian Thierry Boutsen taking a podium finish for the Enstone squad in its former guise as Benetton. 

Kimi has a hat-trick of Formula 1 achievements to his name at the United States Grand Prix, taking pole position and a podium finish in 2003 in addition to clinching the fastest lap of the race in 2007. That elusive win is the only missing piece of the puzzle for the Finn; after a memorable victory in Abu Dhabi, could this be his weekend?

Romain will be making his United States Grand Prix debut this season, but he has proven to be rather handy at picking up new circuits extremely quickly. With the Circuit of the Americas providing a new challenge for the entire grid, let’s see if the Frenchman can take advantage of a level playing field…