The 2022 United States Grand Prix is finally back and unsurprisingly I’m very much looking forward to this one for several reasons although, I probably get hyped up about any GP but like many others I am a massive fan of the Circuit of the Americas. I just love the flowing nature of the track and to be quite fair we’ve seen some great races here over the last decade as this year marks the 10 year anniversary that F1 has raced around COTA. The 10th iteration of the United States Grand Prix will be an exciting one as since we’ve seen the driver’s title wrapped up in Japan two weeks ago with Max Verstappen taking his second consecutive championship, we maybe might see some drivers throwing in some more caution into the wind (emphasis on the word maybe) after all, there’s still a constructors championship which still needs to be decided. To place your bets on a constructors champion, make sure you do so using the best F1 betting sites!
So last time out we saw a return of the fan favorite track, Suzuka for a wet race and now it’s time for another fan favorite as the sport heads to Austin Texas for race number 19 of the season, yes there’s really just four more races left to wrap up this exciting season. A lap of this great track around COTA is a 5.5 kilometer track (3.4 miles) and is made up of 20 corners and come race day we should be seeing the cars going around the track for a total of 56 racing laps. There will be two DRS zones this weekend to aid overtaking this weekend, even though it looks like racing will be closer than ever with the current generation cars and I expect plenty of overtakes to occur. The previous results and track records are held by the usual suspects, with Charles Leclerc holding the lap record of a 1:36:169 back in 2019. Last year’s lap record was that of a 1:38:485 set by Lewis Hamilton who finished second behind the eventual winner Max Verstappen. Lew has won a total of 6 times around here and boy, would he like to make it a 7th. I have long speculated and said that the German outfit will have a race winning car by Austin, they do. They have not yet won a race and I’ll stick by my guns and say that they do stand a chance at winning this race. However my realistic thoughts come into play soon after. Red Bull have just been performing on another level and we could see them clinch the constructors championship this weekend for the first time since 2012, when Sebestian Vettel helped them win it. So it’s without a doubt that Red Bull’s Boss, Christian Horner will want his drivers to win and score points so they can finally get their fifth constructors title. We can see a surprising performance from Leclerc and Ferrari however, now that the Monegasque is no longer under pressure from winning the title, we might just see him ‘let loose’.
Mick Schumacher is one other noticeable driver to look out as he doesn’t have a seat yet for next season and he has to fight for every point possible if he’s to be offered another seat with Haas for next year. It’s also been announced that French man Pierre Gasly will be joining his fellow French man Esteban Ocon at Alpin next season. The all French team have been mighty this year and in a recent interview with their chief technical officer Pat Fry, they are looking to make progress. Gasly finally unchained from the clasp of Red Bull might just bring out the fire in him to get him to drive in an exceptional manner and make things harder for other teams further up the grid.
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