COTA has been hosting F1 since 2012 and quickly become a popular track among teams and drivers with its uphill first corner, flowing corners, and elevation changes.
Despite never finishing higher than sixth in four attempts, Raikkonen is a fan of the Texan venue.
“It’s a nice circuit” the 2007 world champion said. “They put a good design in it, plus it has uphill sections and it’s not just flat. I think it makes it more interesting.
“Obviously it’s possible to overtake during the race but it’s quite a short uphill for this. It helps to slow down the car and with the braking, but the corner is not the easiest one. However, it’s a good circuit for making an exciting race.”
Raikkonen adds that local fans are owed a good show after the 2015 washout.
“Austin is a nice city, a nice place for the US Grand Prix with a lot of people.
“Last year we had a very bad weather during most of the weekend. It was not very nice for any of us, drivers and spectators.”