Nico Rosberg: My best memory was actually singing on the Sunday night last year with my team in Pete’s Piano bar in downtown Austin. It was a lot of fun.
F1 drivers recall their highlights of racing at COTA as the F1 United States Grand Prix gets set to return to Austin, Texas for 5th year in succession this October
Austin, Texas (September 20, 2016) – The 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix marks the return of F1 to Austin, Texas, for the fifth successive year at the only purpose-built F1 track in America – Circuit of The Americas (COTA). This year’s race weekend in Austin promises to be the biggest and best yet, including a very special concert to celebrate the 5th anniversary: 10-time GRAMMY winner, singer, musician, and songwriter Taylor Swift will perform on COTA’s Super Stage on Saturday, October 22nd after the Qualifying session. Closing out the the weekend’s entertainment on Sunday 23rd October will be two-time GRAMMY winner. The Weeknd.
The dazzling off-track entertainment will meet its match with the on-track drama of high-tech innovation and sporting courage, including the debut on home soil of the Haas F1 Team – the first American-led Formula One outfit since 1986.
Since hosting its first F1 race in 2012, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has gone on to become home to one of the most popular race weekends on the F1 calendar. Recently announced as the most watched F1 race in the world with 96.1 million viewers, the race weekend in Austin has already provided fans with many iconic moments including Sebastian Vettel’s memorable win in 2013 as well as Lewis Hamilton’s three victories culminating in his unforgettable title clinching performance in the wind and rain last year. Add some F1 drivers dancing in the rain, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders on the starting grid, Mario Andretti and Elton John conducting podium ceremonies and, of course, the obligatory Cowboy Hats and some big, big steaks and it’s easy to see how the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin has become a firm favorite with drivers, teams and fans the world over.
With that in mind, COTA asked the current crop of F1 drivers to tell about their favorite COTA memories.
Sebastian Vettel: I have enjoyed some fun races in Austin over the last 4 years, the track layout is a real challenge and very satisfying when you get that perfect lap for pole, but my best memory is the victory in 2013 – my only victory SO FAR in Austin, but it was my 8th consecutive win that season! The crowd were so enthusiastic for all the drivers, but I really appreciated their support on that day.