A massive crowd of 113,162 race fans watched Formula 1™ racing’s new driving powerhouse, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, make history, as the 2013 World Champion driver scored his eighth consecutive Grand Prix victory at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). In doing so, the 26-year-old German wunderkind topped the record of seven consecutive wins set by his racing idol, Michael Schumacher, who retired after the 2012 season. Three-day attendance for COTA’s second Formula 1 Grand Prix was 250,324, with 58,276 fans attending Friday’s practice sessions and 78,886 turning out for Saturday’s qualifying rounds.
Circuit of The Americas™ in conjunction with local law enforcement officials today investigated a suspicious incident in the Turn 1 area of the racetrack. During routine security checks prior to the venue’s opening, public safety officials, including representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), responded to the incident and found nothing wrong. As a precaution, Circuit of The Americas delayed opening the entire facility to patrons until 8 a.m. CT while follow-up security checks were completed. Patrons are now entering the facility and operations are proceeding as normal.
Once again Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel made taking the pole in qualifying look easy as he logged the fastest lap of the weekend, with a blistering time of 1:36.338. He narrowly nosed out teammate Mark Webber for the top spot in Sunday’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX at the Circuit of The Americas. Webber posted a time of 1:36.441. Romain Grosjean rounded out the top three spots with a time of 1:37.155. This marks the eighth time in 18 Formula 1™ races this season that Vettel has captured the pole. Should he win on Sunday it would give him his eighth win in a row and break the record for most successive wins in single season.
AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 16, 2013) – Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate his Formula 1™ racing rivals by taking the pole for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, while 78,886 fans soaked up the warm temperatures and hot competition at Circuit of The Americas. The young German driver, who has already claimed the Formula One™ World Champion drivers’ title for the 2013 season, turned in a sizzling lap time of 1:36.338 to claim pole position for the Nov. 17 Austin Grand Prix. Vettel and his support team were clearly enjoying the qualifying rounds. At one point, one of his engineers used the phrase “shake-and-bake” over the radio—a reference to the character of “Ricky Bobby” in the popular American motorsports comedy Talladega Nights.
The Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has been nominated for Pollstar’s “Best New Major Concert Venue” award. The amphitheater, situated inside the world-class sports and entertainment venue, opened in April 2013 and has hosted more than 20 performances in its freshman year, including Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Train, Lil’ Wayne, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley and Paramore. On Sunday, Nov. 17, the Austin360 Amphitheater will showcase global sensation Pitbull in a free concert for racegoers attending the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX.
In what has become commonplace at Grand Prix race practice sessions in recent years, the No. 1 and No. 2 Red Bull cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished one-two in Friday afternoon’s Formula 1™ practice session at Circuit of The Americas. Vettel was clocked rounding the 20-turn track in just 1:37.305, Webber at 1:37.420.