Formula 1: The 2015 United States Grand Prix explained

Formula 1: The 2015 United States Grand Prix explained

Formula 1: The 2015 United States Grand Prix explained

Written by Staff Writer

22 Oct, 2015 | 6:04 pm

Formula 1 makes its way to the United States for the Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, as the sport reaches its final five races of the season.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers Championship points table with 302 points, trailed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on 2nd place with 236 points and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg 3rd on 229 points.

The Constructors Championship was bagged by the defending 2014 constructors champions Mercedes AMG Petronas during the previous Race Weekend in Sochi, Russia. The German team clinched the title following the crash of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap, costing the Italian outfit a title-shot which anyway seemed to be a mammoth task, considering the German Mercedes team’s dominance throughout the year.

Weather

The teams and drivers are on the lookout for a rainy weekend with experts predicting bad weather throughout. According to Ubimet, Formula 1’s official weather forecast provider, the beginning of the race weekend, which include two practice sessions (FP1 and FP2) and qualifying will be affected by rainy weather but predicts a much better situation on Race Day, 25th October.

The Current temperatures which is expected to be below the monthly average for October, a combination of a low-pressure system from the west meeting moisture from the Gulf of Mexico have been considered as the result of the weather.

Ubimet explains that the Free Practice sessions on Friday, the 23rd of October, will contain heavy and partly thundery rain and the temperatures are expected to be between 22 and 25 degrees through the day.

On Saturday, however, a strong frontal system is expected on track which will most likely make the weather quite unsettled. Skies are predicted to be overcast and partly heavy rain with high precipitation rates are expected on track during the early hours. Temperature is expected to be around 24 degrees in the afternoon hours.

Good news for the fans as the experts predict a calmer, more settled Sunday with abundant clouds and isolated light showers with Temperatures expected to drop down to about 22 degrees.

Can Hamilton claim his 3rd title at Austin?

The answer is yes, he can and here is how. If the Brit wins the race in Austin and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who is proving to be his greatest rival, fails to cross the line in second place, Hamilton will have bragging rights to a 3rd Drivers Title with four races still remaining on the calendar. However to remain dominant in the title race Hamilton has to finish in fifth place or above and both Rosberg and Vettel will either have to finish outside of points or…. crash.

Exciting race for the fans?

Pastor Maldonaldo - Lotus F1

Pastor Maldonaldo – Lotus F1

Given the dominance showed by the German outfit, highly unlikely. But there’s always the Venezualan Lotus F1 driver Pastor Maldonaldo, who almost never fails to deliver when it comes to giving the fans some action by…. well, crashing. However, on this forthcoming weekend in the United States grand Prix, multiple factors come into play to make it an exciting weekend.

1. Weather – With the weather playing around the weekend, it could turn out to be quite an eventful race for the fans as, according to the experts, qualifying will be on wet conditions while the race itself will be, not so wet.

2. Drivers Championship – Will Hamilton give some solid Hammer-time laps to extend his lead over his rivals or will he claim his 3rd title? OR will Vettel maintain his pressure on his British rival?

3. Ferrari – the team made a massive jump from racing in the mid-field in 2014 to fighting for GP wins in 2015, succeeding on multiple occasions thus far. According to reports the Italians have made more improvements to the prancing horse as they head to the US of A.

4. McLaren-Honda – According to Honda and McLaren, the troublesome engine made good improvement during the weekend at Sochi, Russia. With two brilliant and Championship winning drivers on-board, things could get interesting towards the back of the pack with exciting battles between Mclaren, Sauber, Lotus and Manor.

The Free Practice sessions of the United States Grand Prix begin tomorrow (October 23) followed by qualifying on Saturday (October 24) and Race on Sunday (October 25).

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