FORMULA 1: THE HOME OF THE BRAVE
ewis Hamilton has enjoyed incredible
success in the United States. In his
Formula 1 career, the three-time world
champion has raced in six grands prix in
America and only failed to win once. Once.
That was in 2013, the year he joined
Mercedes. Prior to that he’d won at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway with McLaren
in ’07, then took the first race at Circuit of
The Americas in ’ 12, before picking up the
winning habit again with three victories in
the last three visits to COTA. He gets the
chance to extend the streak Oct. 22.
“I didn’t even realize I’d won four out
of five at Circuit of The Americas!” says
Hamilton when the numbers are run past
him. “The track is awesome. The new
circuits are very hit and miss – mostly
miss – but COTA’s definitely not a miss; it’s
actually a really, really good track. I like
the mix of corners, the straights aren’t
ridiculous, and you can follow a lot more
there and actually have more of a race.
So, for the racing factor alone, it’s a track
that I personally think is special.
“They’ve just got an amazing facility
there. Like I said, the track itself is great,
but since we first went there in 2012 the
fans have always turned out in massive
numbers, too. It was almost like a Silverstone
turnout in the first year, and it’s been
pretty much the same every year since.
For serial U.S. Grand Prix winner Lewis
Hamilton, there’s more to the American
experience than “just” on-track success.
WORDS Chris Medland
MAIN IMAGE Daimler AG/Ree Tucker
34 OCTOBER 2017