The United States Grand Prix is a motor race which has been run on and off since 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The race later became part of the Formula One World Championship. Over 44 editions, the race has been held at ten locations, since 2012 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
On May 25, 2010, Austin, Texas, was awarded the race on a ten-year contract, as Ecclestone and event promoter Full Throttle Productions agreed to a deal beginning in 2012. The event is being held on a purpose-built new track, which was named Circuit of the Americas. German architect and track designer Hermann Tilke designed the new track on 800 acres (320 ha) of land to the east of the city. In July 2010, promoter Tavo Hellmund promised that the circuit would be one of the “most challenging and spectacular in the world” and that it would include a selection of corner sequences inspired by “the very best circuits” in the world.
On November 15, 2011, it was reported that construction of the circuit had been temporarily halted as the owners had not yet been awarded the contract to stage the race in 2012, following reports thatBernie Ecclestone had cast doubt on the race taking place. After Tavo Hellmund’s contract was found in breach by Ecclestone and a new contract was entered into between Formula 1 and the original track investors, Red McCombs and Bobby Epstein, the U.S. Grand Prix was confirmed to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin on the original scheduled date in 2012. Reining champion Sebastian Vettel took pole for the 1st race at the Texas circuit but it was 2007 winner Lewis Hamilton who kept his unbeaten run in the USA as the two finished almost 40 seconds ahead of third.
The Grand Prix in Austin has proven to be a considerable success, thanks to the Texas capital’s growing reputation as a center of music and culture, its friendly citizens and unique atmosphere during the race weekend. It has been lauded from all quarters of Formula One.