Vettel was ahead of Hamilton and his teammate Webber. Title contender Alonso was on very disapointing 8th Position behind his teammate Massa.
Grosjean had a good Qualifying with P4 but he will start from P9 in the starting grid because he’s team made a transmission change, so they got a five place grid penalty. Raikkönnen has good chances for a Podium today with P4, but he has also chances to win the race, who knows?
Schumacher was surprisingly fast in this Quali (P5), he has great chances to gain many points. He’s teammate Rosberg however will start from P17 and will have difficult run at the start of the race in the first few turns.
Hülkenberg had a great Quali (P8) and i still not understand why McLaren didn’t commited him instead of Perez, who is on P15 ahead of his teammate Kobayashi.
Button again very slow in Quali (P12), but two minutes before Q2 ended he had a technical failure.
HRT came above the 107% time and Glock with a fantastic 19th Position, he’s ahead of the two Caterham drivers (P21 and P22).
So if Vettel wins and Alonso finishes in fifth, then is Vettel World Champion for the third time in a row. He (Vettel) would be also Champion if he finishes in second and Alonso finishes in seventh, when he’s in P3 Alonso has to be on P11.
I think it will be a messy start at the first few corners (lockout for Grosjean, Perez and Maldonado). We can see some overtaking on the Circuit, of course the DRS-Zone, Turn 9 and Turn 20 (I think) are also a good overtaking points.
We will see a fantastic race, can Vettel win the race and be third in history of F1 to secure three titles in a row? Can Hamilton finish the race without any mechanical issues? Can Raikkönnen make it to the podium or even the win? Are we seeing some stupid mistakes or crashes from Perez, Grosjean or Maldonado? Many questions, but they will be all answered this evening in the US GP on Circuit of the Americas.
Full results from Qualifying:
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||1:35.657||6|
|3||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||1:36.174||+0:00.517||+0:00.408||6|
|8||12||N. Hülkenberg||Force India||1:37.141||+0:01.484||+0:00.204||5|
|13||11||P. di Resta||Force India||1:37.665||+0:00.061||+0:00.049||6|
|14||17||J. Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:37.879||+0:00.275||+0:00.214||8|
|18||16||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:39.114||9|
|23||22||P. de la Rosa||HRT||1:42.011||+0:02.897||+0:00.845||12|
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the very first FP of US GP on the Circuit of the Americas ahead of Hamilton and Alonso.
The track was very slippery, so many drivers didn’t had much grip. Hülkenberg, Petrov and Webber spun out and the most cars were going of in Turn 19. The Red Bulls are doing well, you saw the domination from Vettel. He was 1.4 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who is also a candidate for the Pole and the fastest times in the next two FP’s. Alonso was also doing well, so the fastest times should come from those three drivers. Pedro De La Rosa and Qing Ma were under the 107% time (1:44:993).
Full results of FP1 on the Cicuit of the Americas:
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||1:38.125||30|
|5||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||1:40.650||+0:02.525||+0:00.122||30|
|7||12||N. Hülkenberg||Force India||1:41.023||+0:02.898||+0:00.057||29|
|11||11||P. di Resta||Force India||1:41.783||+0:03.658||+0:00.310||29|
|12||16||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:41.825||+0:03.700||+0:00.042||28|
|13||17||J. Vergne||Toro Rosso||1:41.833||+0:03.708||+0:00.008||29|
In Summer 2010 the FIA surprisngly announced that F1 will head back to the US in 2012, more sursprisngly was that the US GP will take place in Austin, Texas. Hermann Thilke designed the 5.5 km long track. The track layout of the Circuit of the Americas was inspired from Silverstone (Bekkets), Hockenheim (Motordrom) and the Istanbul Park (Turn 8). And as the Circiut in Noida, India it has many height differences, for example the drive to Turn 1 in this Circuit. The last US Grand Prix was in Indianapolis 2007.
The winner of this race was Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) ahead of Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari). I have driven the track in Austin on F1 2012 and it’s nothing special or really challenging, but i think the F1 Fans are looking forward to this race, me too. The US GP is the 19th Round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship on the 16th-18th November.
Facts of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas:
Local Time: -6 Hours
Length: 5,500 metre
Race Distance: 308,896 km
Tire compounds: Medium/Hard
Tire wear: High
Driving direction: Anti-Clockwise
Number of left corners: 9
Number of right corners: 11
Predicted Qualifying lap time: 1:37
Predicted Race lap time: 1:42
Official Youtube channel: Circuit of the Americas
Official Twitter Account: @circuitamericas
Official Website: Circuit of the Americas.com
Official Facebook page: Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas videos:
Full Results of the US GP on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (GP Circuit version) 2007:
|7||15||M. Webber||Red Bull||B||73||+1:07.331||+0:00.628||198,952|
|9||3||G. Fisichella||Renault||B||72||+1 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||197,404|
|10||17||A. Wurz||Williams||B||72||+1 Rnd.||+0:27.439||196,425|
|11||23||A. Davidson||Super Aguri||B||72||+1 Rnd.||+0:01.713||196,364|
|12||7||J. Button||Honda||B||72||+1 Rnd.||+0:09.843||196,015|
|13||19||S. Speed||Toro Rosso||B||71||+2 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||195,620|
|14||20||A. Sutil||Spyker||B||71||+2 Rnd.||+0:02.063||195,546|
|15||21||C. Albers||Spyker||B||70||+3 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||192,888|
|16||16||N. Rosberg||Williams||B||68||+5 Rnd.||+2 Rnd.||198,897|