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United States Grand Prix

Lance delivers Stateside

2023 season
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Lance manages to score points despite starting from the pits at COTA while Fernando's shot at points is dashed with a DNF laps from the chequered flag.

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United States Grand Prix

The Debrief by Aramco

Lance executes a sterling recovery in Texas but Fernando's race ends before the chequered flag.


Need to know: United States

2023 United States Grand Prix track map
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Talking points

AMF1 Team Technical Director Dan Fallows looks forward to the triple-header, the ongoing development of AMR23, and the changes happening back at the AMR Technology Campus.

Dan Fallows

In Qatar, Fernando scored points and Lance came close to the top 10. What are your reflections on our performance in the Qatar Sprint and Grand Prix?

"Qatar was a mixed weekend with the Sprint, the difficulties with the track surface, and the limit of 18 laps per set of tyres in the Grand Prix. It was a challenge for everybody. We deliberately saved Medium tyres going into Sunday's Grand Prix, which was a key decision. It's possible that hampered our chances to score points in the Sprint, but we knew that was going to be the trade-off. Overall, I think it was a good weekend with Fernando finishing sixth, but Lance was unfortunate to get penalties that dropped him out of his top 10 finish on track."

Given the hot conditions and the minimum of three stops for our drivers, how do you rate the job done by the rest of the team?

"It was a very, very, challenging weekend given the incredibly hot conditions. It's extraordinary that our team performed some of their most competitive pitstops. That's something we've been targeting and the team did a commendable job. It's well-publicised that every driver was struggling in the conditions which the FIA has agreed to investigate."

How do you think we'll fare at the Circuit of The Americas, which hosts the fifth Sprint of the season?

"COTA is a challenging circuit where we'll continue to learn about the AMR23. We have some updates coming into the weekend, and we're quite interested to see how they work. In some ways its a shame that it's a Sprint weekend because we’d like to have more time to dial in those updates and see how the cars will perform. It will be a big challenge to gain that understanding as early as possible. We're looking forward to seeing how these upgrades perform and, hopefully, it's a track where we should be reasonably competitive if we can get everything right."

It's a testament to the team's ambition and how far we've come that we are disappointed by our results in recent races.
Dan Fallows-Technical Director

The United States Grand Prix is the first leg of a triple-header that will also see us race in Mexico and Brazil. How important are these three Grands Prix for us?

"This is quite a critical time of the year for us to get the most out of this year's car but also further our understanding for next year's development, which is why we're still producing updates this late into the season. Mexico is a real challenge with its high altitude, and Brazil can be a chaotic race – especially with the changeable weather – so we have to make the most out of every session ahead of us."

How hard has it been to score on a consistent basis this season given how close the majority of the field is?

"It's easy to underplay how difficult it is to get to the position we're in now with more points than this team has ever previously scored in a season. The field has closed up so much during the campaign and the gaps to the leaders are now much smaller while the whole midfield is as tight as it's ever been. It will be interesting to see whether this carries on into next year."

Is it disappointing that we haven't maintained our podium-scoring form from the early part of the season?

"We did have a very good start to the season, and we've obviously been disappointed with the way it's panned out in recent races, but this experience has enabled us to learn some valuable lessons which we're trying to take into next year – we can see where we went wrong in terms of upsetting the car balance. We've understood why that's hurt our overall performance. Now, it's a question of making sure that we don't make the same mistakes again; it’s certainly been a year of learning."

With phases two and three of the AMR Technology Campus progressing rapidly, and our team growing in preparation for the next era of F1 powertrains and our works partnership with Honda, how excited are you for what's to come?

"The upcoming triple header and the months beyond are a really exciting time for the team. We've come a long way and the progress has been clear to see on the track and at our new Technology Campus. It's a testament to the team's ambition and how far we've come that we are disappointed by our results in recent races. That only serves to motivate us, and the work of everybody at our Campus is evidence of that. We're starting to see real possibilities of achieving the goals we've set for ourselves in the long term."


Insight and Speed

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Race interruptions

In the past five dry races at COTA, there have been two Safety Car deployments and two Virtual Safety Car deployments. Since 2014, this circuit has seen four DNFs per race on average with a high of eight DNFs in 2015 and a low of two DNFs in 2021.



Overtaking is relatively easy in Austin with a DRS straight on the uphill run to Turn One and another on the long straight that leads to the hard braking zone at Turn 12. In the 2022 United States Grand Prix there were a total of 61 overtakes, which is higher than average.



The Sprint weekend format means there will be just one hour of practice before Friday Qualifying and cars enter parc fermé conditions. Pirelli has nominated the C2 (Hard), C3 (Medium) and C4 (Soft). Historically, a two-stop strategy has been most common at this Grand Prix.


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How does the Sprint weekend change our approach?

For the first time, Austin will host a Sprint – the fifth of this season – which changes the weekend format. The action begins with practice on Friday before Qualifying in the afternoon. On Saturday, the Sprint Shootout sets the grid for the following Sprint, which is a 100km dash offering points to the top-eight finishers. Sunday is all about the the Grand Prix – the grid having been set by Friday's Qualifying session.

With just one practice session on Friday, data is limited, making that hour of running even more crucial to dial in set-up and finalise run plans for the following sessions. Parc Fermé comes into effect before Qualifying – meaning teams can't make any more significant set-up changes.

We try to hit the ground running with a strong baseline on the back of work in the simulator and the work of our engineers and strategists.

Tyre allocation is restricted during Sprint weekends, with 12 sets available rather than 13, which means teams must be more conservative with tyre use. In the Sprint Shootout (if conditions are dry) drivers must use only one set of tyres per segment: a new set of Mediums in SQ1; new Mediums in SQ2; and new Softs in SQ3. There is a free choice of tyres for Saturday's Sprint and Sunday's Grand Prix.

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Unlocking the Lap

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The run to the sharp left-hand Turn One at COTA is even steeper than the run to Raidillon at Spa-Francorchamps. From there, it's back downhill to take on the fast Turn Two right-hander that leads into a section of esses that evokes Silverstone's Maggots, Becketts, and Chapel sequence.

Drivers aim to place their cars on the right-hand side of the track exiting the long, right-hand Turn Six to prepare for the rapid, left-hand Turn Seven and the following Turn Eight. The latter two corners are similar to the opening Senna 'S' at Interlagos. Turn Nine is a quick left-hander that concludes the complex opening sequence that ends with a downhill run to the Turn 11 hairpin.

Following the hairpin is a kilometre-long DRS straight – where drivers can overtake – going into the sharp Turn 12 left-hander. Turns 13 and 14 are a pair of tight left-handers that lead into the tricky low-speed Turn 15. Turns 16, 17, and 18 comprise a multi-apex right-hander reminiscent of the famous Turn Eight at Turkey's Istanbul Park.

Turn 19 is a fast downhill left-hander where it's very easy to break track limits, and drivers then round Turn 20 to blast down the main straight.

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We look at the weather conditions at COTA together with Global Partner NetApp, a global hybrid cloud storage partner with solutions that perform across a diverse environment, allowing us to gain insights on weather-related data as well as telemetry data.

Despite taking place at the end of October, the weather is generally hot in Austin in this period with warm air coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. However, there is a considerable chance of rain in October as Austin averages 76mm of rainfall this month.

Friday will be a very hot day with temperatures above normal and approaching record highs. There will be a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius for practice and Qualifying with a northwesterly breeze.

For Saturday's Sprint Shootout and Sprint, temperatures are set to hover around 33 degrees Celsius, with almost no wind. Sunday is forecast to be cloudy and hot with wind speeds set to increase to 15km/h. The chance of rain this weekend is zero per cent.


XPerience Points

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In Formula One, you're constantly learning. Every lap, every mile, every second, is an opportunity to further your understanding and, ultimately, discover ways to unlock performance. In partnership with XP Inc., here are some of the key points for the United States Grand Prix.

The United States Grand Prix at COTA has only ever been won from pole position or P2 on the grid – but podium-finishers have come from as low as 18th on the grid.
The average margin of victory at COTA is just 4.057 seconds – and only once has a Grand Prix at COTA been won by more than 10 seconds (in 2017).
The elevation in metres from the main straight to Turn One at COTA. This means the exit to the opening corner is unsighted, leading to potential jeopardy on Lap One.
The run in metres from pole position to Turn One; it’s short, but the entry to the corner is wide, allowing cars to jostle three-wide for position.

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