2021 Formula One US Grand Prix race preview

Formula One returns to Texas this weekend with Red Bull driver and championship leader Max Verstappen aiming for his first US Grand Prix victory.

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Formula One returns to the USA for the first time since 2019 for the 2021 Formula One US Grand Prix – the 17th round of the 22-race calendar.

Red Bull driver and current championship leader, Max Verstappen, will be fighting for his first race win at the Circuit of the Americas

Verstappen currently leads the 2021 F1 championship – six points clear of reigning champion Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes-AMG).

The highest result Verstappen has recorded at this circuit previously was second place in 2018.

The Dutchman regained the championship lead at the previous round in Turkey after finishing second behind Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas. 

Hamilton finished fifth in Turkey after starting from 11th on the grid due to an engine change. 

The seven-time champion is the dominant driver at the Circuit of the Americas, having won five out of the eight races held since its inception in 2012. 

Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo(McLaren-Mercedes) struggled in Turkey with brake issues and only managed an 11th place finish. He currently sits eighth in the championship, four places behind his younger teammate Lando Norris. 

According to overseas reports, Ricciardo and the McLaren team have uncovered the reasons behind their poor form in Turkey. The Aussie has finished twice on the podium in Texas (2014 and 2016). 

In the constructor’s battle Mercedes-AMG lead Red Bull Racing-Honda by 36 points, with the main fight between McLaren-Mercedes in third and Ferrari in fourth – only seven and a half points separate the two. 

Unlike the past couple of races, weather isn’t expected to play a pivotal role in this weekend’s race with dry and sunny conditions forecast across all three days. 

In news away from the circuit, the 2022 calendar was confirmed last week with a record-breaking 23 races scheduled for next year. 

Melbourne will host the 2021 F1 Australian Grand Prix on April 10. Previous

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The track

The US GP is a 56 lap race covering 308.405 kilometres around the 5.513km circuit. Charles Leclerc holds the lap record (2019) with a 1:36.169.

TV schedule

SessionDateTime (AEST)ChannelFree Practice 1Saturday 23rd October3:00amFox Sports 506 / KayoFree Practice 2Saturday 23rd October6:45amFox Sports 506 / KayoFree Practice 3Sunday 24th October4.45amFox Sports 506 / KayoQualifyingSunday 24th October8:00amFox Sports 506 / KayoRaceMonday 25th October 6:00amFox Sports 506 / Kayo


2021 teams and drivers

TeamDriversAlfa RomeoKimi Räikkönen & Antonio GiovinazziAlpine (previously Renault)Fernando Alonso & Esteban OconAlphaTauriPierre Gasly & Yuki TsunodaAston Martin (previously Racing Point)Sebastian Vettel & Lance StrollFerrariCharles Leclerc & Carlos SainzHaasMick Schumacher & Nikita MazepinMcLarenDaniel Ricciardo & Lando NorrisMercedes-AMGLewis Hamilton & Valtteri BottasRed BullMax Verstappen & Sergio PerezWilliamsGeorge Russell & Nicholas Latifi

Fast facts

Lewis Hamilton has had the most success at the US GP, winning five of the eight held at the track. 

Circuit of the Americas is one of only five anti-clockwise tracks on the current F1 calendar. It’s also known as one of the hilliest circuits.

Lewis Hamilton has the opportunity to clock up another record to match Ayrton Senna’s pole tally (5 US GP poles.

In 2019, Hamilton made history becoming the first driver to win the Drivers’ Championship in the US for the second time.

As reported by F1 Destinations Grand Prix Travel Guides

Our predictions

The last few races have been absolute crackers. With only six rounds remaining the championship is closer than ever with the lead switching five times already this season. 

While Mercedes might have bragging rights in America, the Red Bull’s are super quick, keeping in mind that straight-line speed is a factor at this circuit thanks to its 1,100m straight. 

Look out for the Ferrari and McLarenbattle. Both teams are in a tight constructor’s battle and individually all four driver’s have plenty to play for with only 50 points separating the four of them.

Daniel Ricciardo needs to bounce back from his poor result in Turkey, finishing outside the points. We are confident he can do so with a good record at this track. 

A one to watch for this weekend is George Russell (Williams). He’s had some stellar results this season and after a dissatisfying finish in Turkey he’ll also be looking to return to form.

Which driver do you think will be leading the championship after this weekend’s US F1 GP?

By drive.com

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