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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Mercedes avoided Red Bull's trap

The US Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season, but the strategic side was very interesting, with Red Bull continuing to probe Mercedes in a chess game; they might have split the two Silver Arrows had they had more luck with a Virtual Safety Car, triggered by one of their drivers to the detriment of the other. Meanwhile further back some important results were achieved for Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz by a combination of brilliant driving and decision-making. […]

Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hamilton cruises to 50th F1 victory

Lewis Hamilton kept his slim title hopes alive as he ended a five-race drought with victory in the US Grand Prix, with team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg finishing second. Hamilton held off Rosberg and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on the ascent to Turn 1, and his feathers were unruffled thereafter, eventually coming home 4.5 seconds clear of his title rival as he coasted to the chequered flag. The win was Hamilton's fifth on US soil, and fourth in Austin, equalling Michael Schumacher's record, though […]

Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hamilton beats Rosberg to Austin pole

Lewis Hamilton got the better of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to take a morale-boosting pole position for the United States Grand Prix in Texas. Hamilton clocked a 1:34.999 on his final run in Q3 to out-pace championship leader Rosberg by two tenths of a second, but the Englishman knows a good start is essential if he is to kick-start a monumental fightback in the remaining races. Red Bull were unable to challenge Mercedes despite their encouraging practice pace, with Daniel Ricciardo six tenths adrift of […]

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Vettel: Ferrari was on ‘back foot’

Sebastian Vettel is not happy with how the first two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas went for him after a damaged wing cost him track time in FP1 and performance in FP2. The German is confident the pace will be better on Saturday as Ferrari couldn’t show its full potential on Friday. A trip over the kerbs during the first session damaged some front end aero components and the right rearview mirror on his SF16-H which required repairs before he was able […]

Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016

Poor debut for Haas on home soil

Haas did not enjoy a positive debut on home soil after experiencing a series of issues on Friday with the main one being the rear brake drum’s winglets falling off the car. The team says the loads are very high in Austin and this might have caused the problems, but hopes to fix it before heading into the last practice session. Romain Grosjean’s best time in FP1 was a lap of 1:40.826 which put him 14th overall, while Esteban Gutiérrez slotted just behind his team mate. […]

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 United States GP - Thursday Press Conference

DRIVERS – Romain Grosjean (Haas), Kevin Magnussen (Renault), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PRESS CONFERENCE Nico, let’s begin with you: congratulations on your first works drive in Formula One, with Renault for next season. Tell us, why is this the right move for you now and what was the clincher that made you decide to take it? Nico Hulkenberg: Yeah, I believe that it’s the right step in my career at this point. I feel I have come a […]

Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hamilton tops rain-hit third session

World Champion Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time during a final free practice session affected by torrential rain in the United States. Despite the Circuit of the Americas closing the venue to fans until lunchtime, the FIA began the session on time, albeit prohibiting the use of Intermediate tyres due to the conditions. With rain set to intensify in the afternoon, the circuit was busy during the opening 35 minutes, in case the times from the session count towards the composition of the grid. Hamilton […]

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015

Rosberg tops damp first session at Austin

Nico Rosberg clocked the quickest time during a damp first practice session for the United States Grand Prix. Heavy rain during the early morning left the circuit wet but Intermediate tyres were able to be used throughout the course of the 90 minute session. Rosberg set a time of 1:53.989 halfway through the session to finish comfortably clear of Red Bull duo Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was fourth best, with World Champion Lewis Hamilton in fifth, 1.7 seconds behind […]

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Button set for Austin gearbox penalty

Jenson Button is set to take a grid penalty into this weekend's United States Grand Prix due to an unscheduled gearbox change. Button, whose McLaren future remains unclear, finished fourth at the recent Russian Grand Prix but the squad has revealed that the Brit's gearbox needs changing. Under Formula 1 regulations, drivers must use their gearbox for six consecutive events and will sustain a penalty if they do not. "Jenson has just confirmed that he'll get a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change […]

Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014

United States Grand PrixView

After a much-needed three week break Formula 1 returns this weekend with the last back-to-back races of the season. With the Constructors’ Championship already secured by Mercedes in the previous round at Sochi, the focus will now be fully switched to the Drivers’ title. There are still 100 points available and only three drivers with a mathematical chance of winning the title. Their first chance to grab more points will come in Austin, which is the tenth different circuit in United States to have hosted […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Renault 'a little nervous' over US reliability

Renault says that the high-speed characteristics of the Circuit of the Americas - the venue for this weekend's United States Grand Prix - raises reliability concerns due to the strain it puts on the Power Units. Several drivers powered by Renault are on the cusp of using a sixth Power Unit component this weekend, which would result in them receiving a 10 place grid penalty. Reigning world champion and 2013 race winner Sebastian Vettel is set to use a sixth engine, meaning that he could […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lotus admits Raikkonen still owed money

Kimi Raikkonen has still not received all of the money he is owed by Lotus. Towards the end of the season, and just before he set off for back surgery that meant he missed the last two races of 2013, the Finn revealed he has not been paid "one euro" by the Enstone based team this year. Raikkonen said he almost called a halt to his Lotus career before the race in Abu Dhabi, saying at the time: "I came here only because hopefully we […]