F1: United States Grand Prix Preview
It has been a hectic week in the paddock with confirmed driver moves and injuries shaking things up. Read on to find out what has been happening and a look forward to the United States Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi F1 Recap
A Red Bull front row lock out and a Mercedes second row was the picture after qualifying and the only surprise there was that it was Webber on pole and not Vettel. Given Webber’s starts this season, I don’t think many expecting him to still be leading after the first lap and that was the case. Vettel lead from the first corner and was able to comfortable take the race from Webber in second. Hamilton seems to have made a habit of having a good start, pulling up to a Red Bull in front and then being squeezed out giving the opportunity for other drivers to pass him. I can certainly remember this happening multiple times recently. Rosberg was able to get another solid podium finish and extend Mercedes gap in the constructor championship that little bit further over Ferrari.
There was some good action in the midfield with multiple overtakes so it was actually a pretty entertaining race if you ignored the top four!
United States Grand Prix Preview
The major news this week has come from Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi will not race the remaining two races due to an ongoing back problem and after failing to get Schumacher out of retirement, Heikki Kovalainen has been given the drive. That is great news for the Finn and the fans as he is still very popular and certainly one of our favourites! A couple of points finishes may be enough to get him a drive somewhere next year.
Other big news is that Sergio Perez will not be driving for McLaren next season and will be replaced by the Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen. Kevin is the son of ex McLaren driver Jan Magnussen and is a current McLaren test driver. There are high hopes for Kevin in the McLaren camp and coupled with a competitive car in 2014, we hope to see big things!
The United States Grand Prix is one of the more popular new style tracks as it has several sections which try to emulate the famous Grand Prix circuits. Last year it was brand new tarmac and grip levels were pretty variable throughout the weekend, so it will be interesting to see how it has changed after being used multiple times already this year. It was a spectacular race in 2012 and we are hoping for more of the same.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lewis Hamilton
- Mark Webber
- Romain Grosjean
- Nico Rosberg
A win would give Vettel the record for the most consecutive race wins and he will be incredibly hard to stop. The races are running out fast for Mark Webber now and he still hasn’t left a mark on this season which I am sure he will be disappointed about so I think he will be on it this weekend. Mercedes have announced that Hamilton had a cracked chassis in Abu Dhabi, which has now been replaced. I think this may give him a little boost and coupled with him winning last years race it could inspire him to his best race in a while.
The United States Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:
Qualifying – Green light – 18:00
Sky F1 – 17:00 – 19:45
BBC 1 – 22:30 – 23:45 (highlights)
Race – Lights out – 19:00
Sky F1 – 18:00 – 21:15
BBC 1 – 22:25 – 00:25 (highlights)
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