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Formula 1 • United States Grand Prix Preview • Mostly F1

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After two years, F1 is finally back stateside.

The Burning Questions

Will Mercedes or Red Bull be on top around COTA?

Can Ferrari continue their good form and close the gap to McLaren in the 2021-constructors-championship-standings/">Constructors’ Championship?

Will there be any major announcements over the weekend?

The Track

The Stats

  • Track Length: 5.513 km
  • Laps: 56
  • Race Distance: 308.405 km
  • Maximum Speed: 325 km/h
  • Lap Time at Full Throttle: 62%
  • First Grand Prix: 2012 (Austin) | 1959 (US) | 1950 (US incl. Indy 500)
  • Race Lap Record: Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | 2019 | 1:36.169
  • Outright Lap Record: Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | 2019 | 1:32.029
  • Most Driver Wins: Lewis Hamilton | 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Most Constructor Wins: Mercedes | 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019

The Trivia

  • Sebastian Vettel made his Formula 1 debut at the 2007 United States Grand Prix aged 19 and scored one point
  • In 2019, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to clinch the Drivers’ Championship in the United States twice
  • Mario Andretti is the only American driver to win a grand prix on home soil
  • Kimi Räikkönen won the 2018 United States Grand Prix after a 114-race win drought – the longest such drought in F1 history

The Weather

The Quotes

Max Verstappen | “We know we still have a bit of work to do. I’m not concerned because there is nothing we can do about it. But we have to find a bit more performance.”

Lewis Hamilton | “I think we’re coming here and over these next few races, it’s still going to be very tight and close between us all. So we’re just trying to focus on maximising what we have. We’ve not updated the car, we’re just trying to finesse it and extract the most from it.”

Christian Horner | “To be at this stage of the championship leading the drivers and still in touch with the constructors, that’s phenomenal. We’re loving this fight, enjoying this scrap, and there’s some tracks coming up where it could go either way.”

Valtteri Bottas | “It’s been a while but feels good,” said the Finn. “From my side, it was one of the best races I’ve had – ever. I’m glad everything went smooth for once for me. It was nice.”

The Friday Form

Practice 2 Top 5

1 | Sergio Pérez | 1:34.946 | 24 Laps
2 | Lando Norris | 1:35.203 | 20 Laps
3 | Lewis Hamilton | 1:35.310 | 22 Laps
4 | Valtteri Bottas | 1:35.360 | 24 Laps
5 | Daniel Ricciardo | 1:35.457 | 21 Laps

Practice 1 Top 5

1 | Valtteri Bottas | 1:34.874 | 17 Laps
2 | Lewis Hamilton | 1:34.919 | 18 Laps
3 | Max Verstappen | 1:35.806 | 16 Laps
4 | Charles Leclerc | 1:36.334 | 18 Laps
5 | Carlos Sainz | 1:36.508 | 20 Laps

THE PHOTOS

The Predictions

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