As one of the oldest motor racing events, the United States Grand Prix has been a part of Formula One for over 50 years. This race has taken place in various locations from “The Glen” to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to the Circuit of the Americas, where it is held most recently. Raced towards the end of the F1 calendar, the United States GP could crown a new champion and thus attracts significant betting action.
As this takes place late in the F1 calendar, the F1 standings may already be decided. If not , the course offers plenty of opportunities for drama. Otherwise, bettors can expect a steady run for the favorites.
- Course: Circuit of the Americas
- Location: Austin, Texas, USA
- Course Length: 3.426 miles (5.513 kilometers)
- Distance: 56 laps, 191.634 miles (308.405 kilometers)
First proposed in 2010, the Circuit of the Americas is a Grade 1 FIA-specified course that went through a lot to get built. The track has drawn inspiration from some of the most iconic European courses as designer Hermann Tilke intended.
Turns 3 through 6 mimic Silverstone’s high-speed run through Maggots/Becketts while Turns 12 through 15 are similar to Hockenheim’s stadium section. The circuit is also ran counter-clockwise making it one of a few alongside Marina Bay, Yas Marina, and Interlagos.
Top 5 Results: TBD
Current F1 Standings- 2022 Season
|Free Practice 1||Carlos Sainz|
|Free Practice 2||Charles Leclerc|
|Free Practice 3||2022||Max Verstappen|
History of United States Grand Prix
This event dates back to the early 1900s, 50 years before it joined the Formula 1 Grand Prix. In 1908, the American Grand Prize took place in Savannah, which was won by French driver Louis Wagner of Fiat. The race was held six more times until going on a 40-year hiatus from 1917 to 1957 thanks to World War I.
In 1958, the United States GP restarted at the Riverside International Raceway. It was for the fourth and final round of the 1958 USAC Road Racing Championship, which was won by American Chuck Daigh with a Scarab-Chevrolet.
The following year, the United States GP officially joined the F1 calendar at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida. Bruce McLaren won the race with a Cooper-Climax. The GP would return to Riverside in 1960 and then move to the Watkins Glen or simply “The Glen” for the next 20 F1 races.
Here, Team Lotus would assert its dominance by winning six of the first 10 races. However, Graham Hill also won three straight with British Racing Motorsports (BRM). By the mid-70s, the Ferrari-McLaren rivalry took center stage as the manufacturers combined to win five of the last six races in Watkins.
After not being held for most of the 1980s, the United States GP then moved to Phoenix briefly for three years from 1989 to 1991. McLaren dominated thanks to their superstar duo of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.
Going on hiatus again, the United States GP return in 2000 in Indianapolis. Here, the exploits of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari were notable as the German legend won five of the eight races held. A young Lewis Hamilton won the final race here in 2007. Again, it was McLaren and Ferrari that dominated.
After a three-year absence, the United States GP was held in 2012 in Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Mercedes (formerly joined with McLaren), led by Hamilton, won five of the first six races. Now, in 2021 onwards, Max Verstappen and Red Bull are on top.