A new road course in Texas proved a glorious setting for the first U.S. Grand Prix in five years
On Sunday, while the stock-car boys were settling things in Florida, Formula One returned to the United States for the first time since 2007. In an unlikely but splendid setting on the outskirts of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, Circuit of the Americas—a $450 million, state-of-the-art, 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course—played rootin'-tootin' host to the world's most popular racing series. An enthusiastic crowd of 117,429 saw England's Lewis Hamilton (left) pass points leader Sebastian Vettel of Germany to win the U.S. Grand Prix. The new Texas track, completed days before the race, should give F1 a boot-shod foothold in the U.S. for years to come. Said Hamilton, "This is probably one of the best, if not the best, Grand Prix we've had all year."