2012 United States Grand Prix Recap
Beautiful weather, new track, and bare knuckle racing made the inaugural United States Grand Prix in Austin one of the most exciting events of the 2012 Formula One season.
A capacity crowd of 117,429 watched Sunday's suspenseful race and saw some of the sport's best battle it out for the 2012 Formula 1 Driver Championship. Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso came into the race separated by only 10 points generating a high-tensioned race around the Circuit of the Americas.
Vettel controlled the race early as he started from the pole position. Leading the first 42 laps, it looked as if Vettel would capture his sixth win on the season and fifth out of the last six races. However, on lap 43, Vettel was overtaken by McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton would go on to win the inaugural United States Grand Prix in Austin.
Hamilton's win was the 21st of his career and second straight win in the United States. Hamilton won the last United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007.
Sebastian Vettel held on to second place and increased his points lead over Fernando Alonso by three points. Alonso finished third and now trails 273-260 in the driver standings.
Circuit of the Americas proved to be special place to enjoy the excitement of Formula One racing. With attendance levels of 265,000 over the three-day event, guests enjoyed live-music, driver appearances, texan-themed food & beverage, and so much more!
With additional auto racing including the Ferrari Challenge, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West, and HGP Race, Circuit of the Americas is a versatile track that can entertain every type of motorsports fan.
Current Formula One Driver Standings
Attending the Grand Prix in Style
Circuit of the Americas Experiences guests enjoyed the United States Grand Prix in style. Guests were invited to a hospitality venue behind the main grandstand and enjoyed the rumble of the race with luxurious accommodations.
Guests were treated to a VIP hospitality experience at Circuit of the Americas, which included an enclosed venue with premium food, bar, simulcast televisions, appearances by racing legends and much more!
The hospitality venue kicked off on Saturday with an appearance from one of Formula One's best, Mario Andretti. A busy man on race day, Andretti shared a few minutes signing autographs with guests before heading back to the Paddock area. Some guests were lucky enough to snap a picture with the racing legend who one the Formula One World Championship in 1978!
On Sunday, guests were treated to an exclusive appearance by Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran. Ferran held a Q&A session with former Formula One reporter Louise Goodman, discussing his thoughts on the new Circuit and his career in auto racing. Guests also submitted questions of their own, asking Ferran about his racing career, favorite tracks, and even his favorite food!
After the Q&A session, Ferran signed autographs and posed for pictures with several of the Circuit of the Americas Experiences guests. He even talked one-on-one with many of the guests asking them about their interest in Formula One racing.
In addition to Formula One racing legends, guests experienced the mind-bending magic of Matthew Furman inside the hospitality party venue. Furman wowed guests with a variety of tricks and illusions that left many guests wondering, "How did he do that?" I'm still trying to figure out how he turned the five one dollar bills into five hundreds!