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F1 US GP in COTA 2012 Qualifying Highlights.

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Qualifying: Vettel on Pole in COTA

Sebastian Vettel had a perfect saturday with the fastest lap in FP3 and the Pole in Qualfying with a 1:35.657, so he was faster than the predicted lap time (1:37).

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.

Can’t wait!!!

Full results from Qualifying:

1 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:35.657 6
2 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:35.766 +0:00.109 +0:00.109 7
3 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:36.174 +0:00.517 +0:00.408 6
4 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:36.587 +0:00.930 +0:00.413 7
5 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:36.708 +0:01.051 +0:00.121 6
6 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.794 +0:01.137 +0:00.086 7
7 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:36.937 +0:01.280 +0:00.143 7
8 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:37.141 +0:01.484 +0:00.204 5
9 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.300 +0:01.643 +0:00.159 7
10 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.842 +0:02.185 +0:00.542 7
11 19 B. Senna Williams 1:37.604 9
12 3 J. Button McLaren 1:37.616 +0:00.012 +0:00.012 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
15 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:38.206 +0:00.602 +0:00.327 6
16 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:38.437 +0:00.833 +0:00.231 6
17 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.501 +0:00.897 +0:00.064 8
18 16 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39.114 9
19 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:40.056 +0:00.942 +0:00.942 12
20 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:40.664 +0:01.550 +0:00.608 11
21 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:40.809 +0:01.695 +0:00.145 7
22 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:41.166 +0:02.052 +0:00.357 7
23 22 P. de la Rosa HRT 1:42.011 +0:02.897 +0:00.845 12
24 23 N. Karthikeyan HRT 1:42.740 +0:03.626 +0:00.729 10

FP1: Sebastian Vettel fastest at Austin

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the very first FP of US GP on the Circuit of the Americas ahead of Hamilton and Alonso.

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Image credit: @Vettelians

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
2 4 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:39.543 +0:01.418 +0:01.418 28
3 5 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:40.337 +0:02.212 +0:00.794 29
4 3 J. Button McLaren 1:40.528 +0:02.403 +0:00.191 29
5 2 M. Webber Red Bull 1:40.650 +0:02.525 +0:00.122 30
6 6 F. Massa Ferrari 1:40.966 +0:02.841 +0:00.316 26
7 12 N. Hülkenberg Force India 1:41.023 +0:02.898 +0:00.057 29
8 14 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:41.036 +0:02.911 +0:00.013 28
9 8 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.159 +0:03.034 +0:00.123 32
10 15 S. Perez Sauber 1:41.473 +0:03.348 +0:00.314 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
14 9 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:41.880 +0:03.755 +0:00.047 23
15 10 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:41.998 +0:03.873 +0:00.118 27
16 18 P. Maldonado Williams 1:42.539 +0:04.414 +0:00.541 30
17 7 M. Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.588 +0:04.463 +0:00.049 25
18 25 C. Pic Marussia 1:43.288 +0:05.163 +0:00.700 23
19 20 H. Kovalainen Caterham 1:43.443 +0:05.318 +0:00.155 28
20 21 W. Petrow Caterham 1:43.522 +0:05.397 +0:00.079 23
21 24 T. Glock Marussia 1:44.464 +0:06.339 +0:00.942 24
22 19 B. Senna Williams 1:44.548 +0:06.423 +0:00.084 29

 

Preview: The US GP on the Circuit of the Americas 2012

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

Laps: 56

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:

First Lap from the F1 Legend Mario Andretti

Inside Track- Circuit of the Americas Preview

F1 2012- Three Laps on the Circuit of the Americas

Pirelli’s 3D Circuit of the Americas Preview

 

Full Results of the US GP on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (GP Circuit version) 2007:

1 2 L. Hamilton McLaren B 73 1:31:09.965 201,401
2 1 F. Alonso McLaren B 73 +0:01.518 +0:01.518 201,345
3 5 F. Massa Ferrari B 73 +0:12.842 +0:11.324 200,929
4 6 K. Räikkönen Ferrari B 73 +0:15.422 +0:02.580 200,835
5 4 H. Kovalainen Renault B 73 +0:41.402 +0:25.980 199,888
6 12 J. Trulli Toyota B 73 +1:06.703 +0:25.301 198,975
7 15 M. Webber Red Bull B 73 +1:07.331 +0:00.628 198,952
8 10 S. Vettel BMW B 73 +1:07.783 +0:00.452 198,936
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