FORMULA 1 – US GRAND PRIX
With the Grand Prix season being just a few round away from completion. The Brit Lewis Hamilton is in pole position (forgive the pun) to win a record breaking fifth Title. Such has been the British driver’s dominance that he can win the title with three rounds to go.
Hamilton needs to outscore fierce rival Sebastian Vettel by eight points on Sunday to secure the F1 championship with a fair bit to spare. It may well happen this weekend with Vettel and Ferrari struggling and only 5th on the grid with Hamilton being fastest in qualifying in qualifying and claiming pole positions, it looks a matter of time before the Brit is crowned champion once again.
There are a number of scenarios in which Hamilton would be crowned after the US Grand Prix.
The most straightforward is that if Hamilton can beat Vettel and win Sunday’s race, then Vettel must finish second to keep any slim hopes alive. The task for Vettel is quite clear.
If he wins and Sebastian Vettel is third or lower.
If he is second and Vettel is fifth or lower.
If he is third and Vettel is seventh or lower.
If he is fourth and Vettel is eighth or lower.
If he is fifth and Vettel is ninth or lower.
If he is sixth and Vettel is 10th or lower.
Hamilton has won 6 from his last 7 and that tells us all we need to know about what is the likely scenario come Sunday afternoon in Austin.
If he does win on Sunday then he will be crowned for the fifth time and emulate the famous Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio.
For all you Formula 1 race fans then we have a special treat for you. You can download the official raceday programme right form the Formula 1 Grand Prix website
LATEST STANDINGS – Drivers Championship
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 331
2 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 264
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 207
4 Kimi Räikkönen FIN FERRARI 196
5 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 173
Full driver standings
LATEST STANDINGS – Constructors Championship
1 MERCEDES 538
2 FERRARI 460
3 RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 319
4 RENAULT 92
5 HAAS FERRARI 84
Full constructors standings
THE RACETRACK – Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
Construction of Circuit of The Americas was started in 2010 and was funded entirely using private investment. Today, COTA contributes almost $1 billion in economic impact to the Central Texas area through increased tourism and annual operations. The Circuit also continues to be a leader in environmental awareness and sustainability, and has helped make advances in educational and scientific fields, including solar car technology, as well as racing and consumer automotive technology.
And it’s all just getting started. With plans for more world championship racing, new amenities, features and more events, COTA is set to provide for an exciting experience for years to come.
The 20-turn, counter clockwise circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape, including an intimidating 133-foot hill at Turn 1 that must be seen in person to be believed.
Learn more about the racetrack here
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Lewis Hamilton: 4/7
Sebastian Vettel: 11/4
Valtteri Bottas: 8/1
Kimi Raikkonen 14/1
Max Verstappen: 16/1
Daniel Ricciardo: 22/1