The 2013 United States GP preview: Everything you need to know about this week's race!

F1 makes its second visit to the Circuit of The Americas

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 14/11/13 3:27pm

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The 2013 United States GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

Find out everything you could ever want to know about the United States GP as F1 makes its annual visit to Austin, Texas.

The circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, opened in October 2012 and several sections of the track have been inspired by other configurations around the world including Silverstone's Maggots-Becketts complex and Hockenheim's stadium section.

So read on below, and watch Anthony Davidson's expert track guide above, as Sky Sports Online gives you the lowdown on this weekend's event...

The 2013 United States GP in a nutshell

Track: The Circuit of The Americas. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 7pm UK time Sunday (1pm local). Sky Sports F1's race-day coverage begins at 5.30pm.

Laps: 56.

Track length: 5.513 km.

Tyre allocation: Medium (white) and hard (orange).

DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points - the pit-straight and between turns 11 and 12.

Driver steward: Nigel Mansell.

Lap record: Sebastian Vettel - 1:39.347 - (Red Bull; 2012).

2012 pole: Sebastian Vettel - 1:35.657 (Red Bull).

Sebastian Vettel was on pole in 2012

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Monday 11th November
8pm - Classic F1 - 1987 United States GP (Highlights).

Tuesday 12th November
8pm - Classic F1 - 1991 United States GP (Highlights).

Wednesday 13th November
8pm - Classic F1 - 2007 United States GP.

Thursday 14th November
5pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
9pm - Gear Up for the USA.

Friday 15th November
2pm - Classic F1 - 1984 United States GP (Highlights).
2:45pm - United States GP Practice One - Live!
6:45pm - United States GP Practice Two - Live!
9pm - Team Principals' Press Conference - Live!
11pm - The F1 Show - Live!

Saturday 16th November
2pm - Classic F1 - 1987 United States GP (Highlights).
2:45pm - United States GP Practice Three - Live!
5pm - United States GP Qualifying - Live!
7:45pm - Classic F1 - 1991 United States GP (Highlights).

Sunday 17th November
1:30am - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
5:30pm - The 2013 United States GP - Track Parade - Live!
6pm - The 2013 United States GP - Race - Live! !
9:15pm - The 2013 United States GP - Paddock Live!
10:15pm - F1 Legends

Monday 18th November
12:30am - Ted's Race Notebook.

Form guide

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at last year's inaugural grand prix in Austin and having taken victory at Indianapolis in 2007, could make it a hat-trick of victories in the USA this weekend. The Mercedes driver is the only current F1 driver to win in the United States.

2012 result: 1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 4. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 5. Jenson Button (McLaren); 6. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 7. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 8. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India); 9. Pastor Maldonado (Williams); 10. Bruno Senna (Williams).

Last five winners in the United States: 2012: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2007: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2006: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari); 2005: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari); 2004: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).

Lewis Hamilton: Winner in 2012

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and orange-banded hard compounds to the Circuit of The Americas - as they did in 2012.

They hope these choices will mean drivers are able to push despite the high-energy loads placed on the tyres.

"The hard and medium compounds are the best choice to respond to the challenges of this fast track, which puts high-energy loads through the tyres due to varying elevations that alternate high speeds with some slower and more technical sections," the Italian firm explained.

Reprimands

With no reprimands handed out in Abu Dhabi, things remain unchanged as F1 heads to the USA.

2013 reprimands: 3 - Mark Webber, Charles Pic, Jules Bianchi.
2 - Nico Rosberg;.
1 - Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Max Chilton, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil, Giedo van der Garde, Sebastian Vettel.

Sky Bet odds

After seven wins in succession and wrapping up the World Championship with three races remaining, Sebastian Vettel is the man Sky Bet are backing to take victory on Sunday at 1/3. Check out the full range of odds here.

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