With only three races left in the 2014 season, Formula 1 returns to America for the 44th running of the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.
The championship is coming down to a nail biter between Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates turned bitter rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton leads Rosberg by a meager 17 points, and their next fight will come at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Circuit of the Americas (CoTA) is a 3.427-mile (5.515 km) motor racing circuit in Austin, Texas. It hosted the Formula OneUnited States Grand Prix in 2012 and 2013. The circuit also hosts the Motorcycle Grand Prix of The Americas, a round of the Road Racing World Championship, commonly known as MotoGP, the FIA World Endurance Championship, as well as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. It previously hosted the Australian V8 Supercars series, the American Le Mans Series, and the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2013.
The circuit and Grand Prix were first proposed in the middle of 2010. The circuit was the first in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One. The layout was conceived by promoter Tavo Hellmund and 1993 Motorcycle World Champion Kevin Schwantz with the assistance of German architect and circuit designer Hermann Tilke, who has also designed the Sepang, Shanghai, Yas Marina, Istanbul, Bahrain, Yeongam, and Buddh circuits, as well as the reprofiling of the Hockenheimring and Fuji Speedway. The Grand Plaza, Observation Structure, Tower Amphitheater, and Main Grandstand were designed by Austin-based architectural firm Miró Rivera Architects.
Speaking of the defending race winner, Sebastian Vettel has yet to announce where he’s heading to next season. It was announced earlier this month that he would be leaving Infiniti Red Bull. We expect him to announce he’ll be joining Ferrari and replace Fernando Alonso.
You can catch the race Sunday on most likely Sky Sports at 7:00 p.m.