F1 2019: United States Grand Prix Preview

Mercedes took a stunning win in Mexico after Lewis Hamilton executed an one stop strategy. (Image credit: LAT Images)

After taking a dramatic victory in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton now has one hand on his sixth Formula One title as he looks to seal it for a third time at the United States Grand Prix. 

All Hamilton needs is just four points to become a six-time champion, which will be explained in full detail later on in our Title Permutations section. 

Further down the order, McLaren can take a huge stride towards fourth in the Constructors’ championship whilst Renault, Toro Rosso and Racing Point fight over fifth for the remainder of this season. 

Without further ado, here is full details ahead of the US Grand Prix which promises to be another cracker. 

 

Track Guide

COTA Layout

Circuit: Circuit of the Americas

Laps: 56

Race Distance: 308.405km

Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4

 

Schedule

Date Session Time (BST)
Friday 1 November FP1 4:00pm
Friday 1 November FP2 8:00pm
Saturday 2 November FP3 6:00pm
Saturday 2 November Qualifying 9:00pm
Sunday 3 November Race 7:10pm

 

Three Key Pointers

  • Finding a balance between downforce and speed will be crucial, particularly on exit of corners which lead onto the two main straights.
  • Ferrari have been competitive at all the medium downforce circuits this season, so expect them to be close if not faster than Mercedes this weekend.
  • The timing of a virtual or real Safety Car could well be key to executing an one or two stop strategy, depending on which part of the race it occurs. 

 

Title Permutations

Mercedes sealed their sixth Constructors title in Japan whilst Hamilton bettered Bottas by ten points last time out in Mexico, which makes the maths even simpler this weekend. 

Hamilton currently has a 74 point lead over Bottas and with just 52 points available after this weekend, Hamilton just needs four points to secure his sixth title.

He can achieve those four points with an eighth place or higher irrespective of whether Bottas wins the race or not, even with or without the point for fastest lap on top of a win. 

 

If missed the opening 18 rounds of this season, get up to date with our race reviews below along with our half-term report.

 

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