The penultimate round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship takes place next weekend at Indianapolis in America. Here you can find out some relevant facts and figures...

1. Location:

Indianapolis, capital city of the US state of Indiana, has a population of about 800,000.

Around 1.6 million people live in the surrounding area of Marion County. Indianapolis was inaugurated in 1821. The city is characterised by the planned arcing of its main streets. These streets have given the twelfth biggest city in the US the nickname of Circle City.

2. History:

This year's race will be the fourth US Grand Prix to be held at Indianapolis. Previous winners include Michael Schumacher (2000, Ferrari), Mika Hakkinen (2001, McLaren-Mercedes) and Rubens Barrichello (2002, Ferrari).

The first US Grand Prix was held at Sebring in 1959 and was won by Bruce McLaren in a Cooper-Climax. In 1960, Formula One moved to Riverside, and in the following year to Watkins Glen, where a total of 20 World Championship races were held up until 1980.

From 1976 until 1983, F1 went to Long Beach for the US Grand Prix West eight times. The 1980s also saw two F1 races in Las Vegas, one in Dallas and seven in Detroit.

From 1989 to 1991, Phoenix was the venue for the US Grand Prix. Formula 1 racing cars have lined up a total of 46 times in the US.

3. Track length:

The Formula One circuit at Indianapolis is 4.192 km long. The 73 lap race distance is 306.016 km.

The track includes the 1822 metre oval used in the 500 mile race, but the race is held clockwise, in the opposite direction. A tighter section is created for Formula One in the infield, made up of 13 corners.

The race will start at 1.00 p.m [7.00am BST, 8.00am CET] on Sunday 28 September.

4. Last year:

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello won in 2002, with team-mate Michael Schumacher second after the German controversially tried to stage a dead-heat - something that wasn't very well received with the fans.

McLaren's David Coulthard finished third with Juan Pablo Montoya fourth and Jarno Trulli fifth. Jacques Villeneuve took the final points scoring position in sixth.

Pole was taken by Michael Schumacher [1m 10.790s], while Rubens Barrichello posted the fastest race lap - a 1m 12.738s.

 

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