Starting grid set for 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 16, 2013) – Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate his Formula 1™ racing rivals by taking the pole for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, while 78,886 fans soaked up the warm temperatures and hot competition at Circuit of The Americas.

2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber

The young German driver, who has already claimed the Formula One™ World Champion drivers’ title for the 2013 season, turned in a sizzling lap time of 1:36.338 to claim pole position for the Nov. 17 Austin Grand Prix.  Vettel and his support team were clearly enjoying the qualifying rounds. At one point, one of his engineers used the phrase “shake-and-bake” over the radio—a reference to the character of “Ricky Bobby” in the popular American motorsports comedy Talladega Nights.

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber finished only one-tenth of a second behind, making it an all-Red Bull front row. Frenchman Romain Grosjean of the Lotus F1 Team rounded out the top three spots on Sunday’s starting grid.

Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso

Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso

Circuit of The Americas opens for Sunday’s Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. CT. Included in the price of admission to Sunday’s activities is a free Pitbull concert following the F1 race at approximately 3 p.m., as well as a free track invasion, allowing fans to explore sections of the 3.4-mile, Grade 1 circuit.

Romain Grosjean of the Lotus Renault team

Romain Grosjean of the Lotus Renault team

Tickets for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX are available for purchase at Circuit of The Americas’ Grand Plaza Ticket Office.  Single-day passes are available and start at $129 per person for general admission to Sunday’s race.  Visit http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/f1 for information about seating options and pricing and http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/transportation for the latest on transportation to the circuit and parking near the track.

IMG_5713About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. It is the first racing facility in the United States purposely built for Formula 1™ racing and is designed to host a variety of sports and entertainment events. The Circuit is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named the 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American host of the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games.  Additionally Circuit of The IMG_5719Americas welcomes spectators from around the world for some of the most prestigious national and international motorsports series, including MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™, American Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championships.

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