2022 F1 United States Grand Prix preview


Spherical 19 of the 2022 Formulation One World Championship, the US Grand Prix, takes place this weekend on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The race for the title within the 2022 Drivers’ Championship has already been determined, with Purple Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen topped champion a fortnight in the past on the Japanese Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, the battle for second continues to be very a lot alive, with Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez in second and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc only one level behind in third. The battle for the Constructors’ Championship can also be alive, although Purple Bull is nearly sure to seize the title in Austin.

Regardless of being one of many newer places on the F1 calendar—the primary race was in 2012—COTA has already made a reputation for itself as a observe able to displaying off F1 vehicles at their finest, primarily because it has been designed particularly with F1 in thoughts.

Circuit of the Americas, home of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Circuit of the Americas, dwelling of the Formulation 1 United States Grand Prix

Specifically, the three.43-mile observe has an eclectic mixture of 20 corners, a few of them paying homage to corners from previous and current F1 circuits. There are additionally extra quick corners than Spa-Francorchamps and extra sluggish corners than the Hungaroring—a mix that makes the observe an enormous problem for each groups and drivers. Nevertheless, the uphill hairpin of Flip 1 stands out as COTA’s signature nook.

The observe floor is among the bumpiest due to subsidence, and despite the fact that it’s both floor down or resurfaced in the course of the winter to take care of this, the altering location and severity of the bumps all year long means they’re nonetheless a problem. Unpredictable climate may also be a problem right here, although taking a look at this weekend’s forecast for Austin, we ought to be in for advantageous however cool circumstances throughout each Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

Pirelli has nominated its C2 because the White onerous, C3 because the Yellow medium, and C4 because the Purple delicate. Groups ran a two-stop technique final yr, however with a very new vary of tires, we would see totally different methods this yr.

Going into the weekend, Verstappen holds an unbeatable lead within the Drivers’ Championship with 366 factors. Perez is second with 253 factors and Leclerc third with 252 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Purple Bull sits on 619 factors, versus the 454 of Ferrari and 387 of Mercedes-Benz AMG. Final yr’s winner in Austin was Verstappen, driving for Purple Bull.


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