Lewis Hamilton won the first F1 race in Austin on this day in 2012 after he defeated Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull who started from pole position, overtaking him on the longest straight with DRS assistance.

After speculation that the Formula 1 will return to Indianapolis and Ecclestone plans to race in New York, on 25th May 2010. Austin (Texas) has signed a ten-year contract, which includes the construction of a completely new, modern racing track named Circuit of the Americas.

Circuit of The Americas in Austin is completely new circuit on which F1 races are held from 2012. when Texas became the host of the long-awaited return of Formula 1 in the United States.

Disagreement about the contract between the owner of the track and Bernie Ecclestone at the end of 2011. almost disrupted plans about the race, but the race is still left in the calendar for the 2012.

The first race attracted just under 120,000 spectators and a fight for the first victory on the new track was between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton passed Vettel who started from pole position 14 laps to goe and claimed his second consecutive victory at the US Grand Prix after his triumph at Indianapolis in 2007.

Vettel complained about the traffic in form of Narain Karthikeyan in the fast first sector as Hamilton closed on him more than in any other lap before that and finished his move on DRS straight.

German was still leading in the drivers’ championship with 13 points ahead of Alonso before the last race of the season in Brazil, and Hamilton won his fourth race of the season, which was also his last victory for McLaren.

Hamilton won the most pole positions in 2012 (7 or 8 or if we add ‘pole’ from Spain which he lost due to lack of fuel for the analysis), but he was not the title contender because of the unreliability of the McLaren MP4-27.

RESULTS

1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:35:55.269
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 56 1:35:55.944 0.675
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 1:36:34.498 39.229
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 1:36:41.282 46.013
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:36:51.701 56.432
6 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus/Renault 56 1:36:59.694 1:04.425
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 56 1:37:05.582 1:10.313
8 12 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes 56 1:37:09.061 1:13.792
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Renault 56 1:37:09.794 1:14.525
10 19 Bruno Senna Williams/Renault 56 1:37:10.402 1:15.133
11 15 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 56 1:37:19.610 1:24.341
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1:37:20.140 1:24.871
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:37:20.779 1:25.510
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:36:07.729 1 lap
15 11 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 55 1:36:17.429 1 lap
16 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 55 1:36:18.617 1 lap
17 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham/Renault 55 1:37:14.774 1 lap
18 20 H.Kovalainen Caterham/Renault 55 1:37:22.425 1 lap
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia/Cosworth 55 1:37:23.443 1 lap
20 25 Charles Pic Marussia/Cosworth 54 1:36:11.626 2 laps
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT/Cosworth 54 1:37:07.564 2 laps
22 23 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 54 1:37:19.443 2 laps
(3) 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 16 28:03.127 Alternator
(16) 17 Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso/Ferrari 14 25:12.374 Ovjes
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