Saturday, 1 November 2014
|Deliveries to customers||vehicles||774,100||685,000||+13.0|
|Deliveries to customers, excluding China||vehicles||575,800||507,300||+13.5|
|Sales revenue||million EUR||8,784||7,365||+19.3|
|Operating profit||million EUR||651||371||+75.5|
|Operating profit in % of sales revenue||%||7.4||5.0||-|
|Investments (w/o capitalized development costs)||million EUR||362||458||-21.0|
|Net liquidity||million EUR||2,278||1,620||+40.6|
|Following a three-week break, the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship bursts back into action this weekend in Austin, Texas. The United States Grand Prix is a hugely popular event; the Circuit of the Americas is a challenging racetrack and the vibrant city of Austin provides plenty of entertainment away from the main event.|
|Facts & Stats: Circuit of the Americas|
|The Circuit of the Americas has received universal praise
since it made its Formula 1 debut in 2012. Its taxing 5.513km layout is a
fascinating test of man and machine, and the atmosphere has been electric at the
two grands prix staged at the circuit to date.
The track is situated on an 890-acre site, just a few miles south-east of Austin. It’s the first purpose-built F1 track in North America, although it’s the 10th different venue to stage an F1 race in the country and the second in the state of Texas, following a one-off street race in Dallas in 1984.
The most challenging sections of the lap have been inspired by some of the great corners around the world. Sector One contains some fast sweeping bends similar to the Maggotts-Becketts complex at Silverstone; Sector Two has a corner similar to the Senna ‘S’ at Interlagos; and the final sector has a long, multi-apex right-hander reminiscent of Turn Eight at Istanbul Park.
|The track is one of only four circuits on this year’s
calendar to run in an anti-clockwise direction. It also has an elevation change
of 41m, the highest point being the apex of Turn One, and many of the corners
have blind entries and exits as a result. To be fast, a driver needs to be very
Car set-up is the usual compromise between straight-line speed and cornering grip. The 1.0km back straight encourages engineers to reduce wing levels, but the need for grip in Sectors One and Three pushes set-up back towards maximum downforce, as has been the case at most racetracks this year.
Pirelli are taking their Soft (Option) and Medium (Prime) tyre compounds to the race, a combination that has already been used six times this year. The rubber needs enough durability to withstand the high lateral forces placed on it in Sector One, while providing sufficient traction and braking stability around the remainder of the lap.
|Jenson Button has long had good memories of racing in the USA - it was at Indianapolis in 2003 that he led a Grand Prix for the first time. He also has a good record at the Circuit of the Americas, having finished in the points for the past two years. Kevin Magnussen will be driving at the track for the first time.|
|United States Grand
31st - 2nd November
Circuit of the Americas
|McLaren at the United States Grand Prix|