Formula 1 is not simple. A sport that is so complicated and technical that it requires thousands of engineers, mind boggling logistics, and multi-million dollar commitments from venues the world over is not to be entered into lightly. Bringing Formula 1 back to the United States was a careful undertaking. After a four-year hiatus starting with the last US GP held in 2007 in Indianapolis, Formula 1 finally returned to US soil in 2012. When F1 tapped Texas to be the new home for the Grand Prix in the States, Austin decided to go “all in” on the challenge, producing one of the most technologically advanced tracks in the world.
To answer the challenge, architect and designer Hermann Tilke set out to design a track befitting F1’s return to the states in a way that did the sport justice. Situated on 1,500 acres just outside of Austin, Texas; Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is tailored expertly for the sport. Its contours were sculpted with the idea of maintaining optimal cornering speed, providing opportunities for overtaking and incorporating elements of other existing tracks to create the best show possible for the eager spectators in Austin. With the creation of COTA, Austin rose to the occasion. Not only do COTA and Austin provide a perfect backdrop for F1, they are unique destinations centered on maximizing the spectacle, fun and fanfare of the Grand Prix weekend.