History of Results for Austin, TX Grand Prix

In 2010, after a tour around the United States throughout the early 20th century, the United States Grand Prix found a semi-permanent home in Austin, TX. At the Circuit of the Americas, a 3.4-mile circuit just southeast of the city, Formula 1 drivers have gathered to take on its 20 turns, score a podium position, and dominate the United States Grand Prix standings. Though the City of Austin was awarded a contract for the nation’s Grand Prix in 2010, it wasn’t until 2012 when the purpose-built Circuit of Americas hosted its first Formula 1 world championship race. Since then, the track has been relatively kind to one driver in particular, though it hasn’t been without its surprise victories, mishaps, and notable highlights.

The Inaugural Race

The 2012 United States Grand Prix ran on November 18, 2012, for the first time since 2007, and it was a momentous occasion. According to The New York Times, it drew in just over 117,420 spectators, who all gathered to cheer on their favorite drivers during the 56-lap race. Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull-Renault performed exceptionally well during the qualifying rounds, scoring what would be the fastest lap achieved for a number of years during a Grand Prix event at the Circuit of the Americas. Vettel also earned the fastest lap of the race on lap 56 but Lewis Hamilton of McLaren-Mercedes pushed to the front of the line.  

The Results:

  • First: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
  • Second: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
  • Third: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 

2013 United States Grand Prix

After impressing during the qualifying rounds of the 2012 Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel again took the pole position. It served him better this time as he scored first place on the podium and the race’s fastest lap on lap 54. 

The Results:

  • Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
  • Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault)
  • Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)

2014 United States Grand Prix

During the 2014 qualifications, Sebastian Vettel gave up his spot to Nico Rosberg, who started the race at pole position. However, it didn’t win Rosberg the race as his teammate Lewis Hamilton crept ahead and finished in first with a 4.314-second lead.

The Results: 

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Reanult)

2015 United States Grand Prix

Mercedes had another impressive showing during the 2015 race, with Nico Rosberg once again scoring the pole position. Rosberg also came around lap 49 with the fastest lap of the race. His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, sped into first place again, this time with only a 2.850-second lead. Sebastian Vettel returned to the podium in this race, falling behind Rosberg by just over one second.

The Results:

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2016 United States Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg was the driver to beat going into the United States Grand Prix during the 2016 Formula One World Championship, with Lewis Hamilton trailing close behind. The two Mercedes drivers went head-to-head, but Hamilton took both the pole position and first place. Though Sebastian Vettel drove the fastest lap, it was Daniel Ricciardo back in third.

The Results

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer)

2017 United States Grand Prix

After finding much success at the Circuit of the Americas, Lewis Hamilton returned to retain his spot on the podium. He scored eight first-place finishes throughout the 2017 Formula One World Championship, and the United States Grand Prix would be his ninth and last for the series. After earning pole position, Hamilton dominated the race, beating out Sebastian Vettel for first by more than ten seconds.

The Results:

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2018 United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the top spot in Austin for years prior, even scoring the pole position after successful qualifying rounds at the top of the 2018 race. However, Kimi Raikkonen gained a two-second lead, and Max Verstappen was able to get away with a second-place finish, just over one second ahead of Hamilton.

The Results:

  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer)
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2019 United States Grand Prix

 Up until the 2019 United States Grand Prix, there was a pattern forming with which drivers were seen in the top spots. During the qualifying rounds, though, it was evident that things were going to change. Scoring pole position and the first position on the podium was Valtteri Bottas, who pushed ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The Results

  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-Honda)

 2021 United States Grand Prix

The 2021 United States Grand Prix is scheduled to run on October 24 at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. For the first nine rounds, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been vying for first, with Verstappen scoring five first-place finishes and Hamilton walking away with three.