The United States Grand Prix may well be the race at which Lewis Hamilton wins his fourth global title.
It’s no longer in point of fact – Hamilton needs to score 16 further problems than Sebastian Vettel to do it – on the other hand one of the best ways problems were going for Ferrari in recent races, it may’t be ruled out.
Vettel and Ferrari’s season has collapsed in spectacular taste over the three Asian races in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, and the gang and motive force have absolute best themselves responsible.
The German introduced concerning the start-line crash that took out himself, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start in Singapore, and then Ferrari’s reliability went south in Malaysia and Japan.
The very good knowledge for Vettel is that if he can merely get via this weekend and stay inside the game, the next race in Mexico can give him a chance to stick problems alive for even longer.
The bad knowledge for him is that, no longer like Mexico City, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, isn’t a track Mercedes specifically fear. They don’t expect to dominate, on the other hand they in point of fact really feel they should at least be competitive – although if the weather remains as forecast at spherical 30C ambient, that can change.
Cota, as they title it, is a rare new track in F1 where the architects have got problems totally correct. It has just a bit of the entire thing and is a great place to look at racing, along with an issue for the drivers.
It is arguably the most efficient new circuit to emerge immediately to the calendar in 20 years, on the other hand there is also further to the nice fortune of the newest iteration of the US Grand Prix than that. As a package, the weekend is difficult to triumph over.
Ask any individual in F1 what are their favourite races and also you’ll be capable of be sure that Austin is proper up there.
The track is very good, the group is massive, a professional, warmth and enthusiastic, and it’s all held down the road from probably the most relaxing cities in America.
Austin would possibly no longer have the glamour and cachet of New York or Los Angeles on the other hand this can be a terrific little place – and about as a ways from the cliched image of Texas as you’ll be capable of get.
Yes, merely outside it there are Western retail outlets and trailer parks, massive skies and large horizons – and all this is very good in itself.
But the city itself is just a bit jewel – cosmopolitan, vibrant, atmospheric, packed filled with consuming puts and bars and with live track in every single place the city.
It’s no longer absolute best imaginable, actually. The web site guests can be stunning bad – on the other hand at least you’ll be capable of in most cases enjoy an exquisite Texas sunset when you find yourself sitting in it.
Andrew Benson, chief Formula 1 writer
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|United States Grand Prix coverage details|
|Date||Session||Time (all BST)||Radio coverage (available online)||Online text remark|
|Thursday, 19 October||Preview||21:00-22:00||BBC Radio 5 live|
|Friday, 20 October||First practice||15:55-17:35||BBC Radio 5 live sports activities actions additional||From 15:30|
|Second practice||19:55-21:35||BBC Sport online||From 19:30|
|Saturday, 21 October||Third practice||16:55-18:35||BBC Sport online||From 16:30|
|Qualifying||21:55-23:05||BBC Radio 5 live sports activities actions additional||From 21:00|
|Sunday, 22 October||Race||19:00-22:00||BBC Radio 5 live||From 17:30|
|Monday, 23 October||Review||04:30-05:00||BBC Radio 5 live|