2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
On form Haas return home
How will they perform in Austin?
The Haas F1 Team arrives at its first home Grand Prix in a positive mood after both cars qualified in the top 10 at Suzuka. The team faltered on race day after getting its strategy wrong, but the recent updates to the car gave it good pace and it will look to build on that in Texas, with the team’s goal being to score its first points since Austria. All four of the team’s points scoring finishes have come on tracks where the supersoft and soft tires were on offer, as they will be in Austin.
United States, Austin
October 23 | 14:00 local time, 21:00 CET
Formula 1 has been searching for some time for a suitable permanent circuit in the USA and in Austin it has found it. In only its fifth year, the American Grand Prix in Austin has rapidly become a favourite with both fans and F1 teams. Once again designed by Hermann Tilke, this undulating circuit takes characteristics from some of the best corners in racing, including the Maggots-Becketts section at Silverstone and the famous Turn Eight in Turkey. Austin’s first race was a thriller as Lewis Hamilton made use of DRS to complete a move around the outside of Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages for race victory. And in 2013 the move was replicated by many others, making use of the long back straight into a heavy-braking hairpin. Lewis Hamilton had been victorious twice in the last two years and sealed his third world title with the win in 2015.
Circuit length 5.513 km
Race distance 308.405 km
Race winner 2015 Lewis Hamilton
Pirelli allocation Supersoft/Soft/Medium
Austin is always a cat and mouse game at the front and we have seen overtakes for the lead in the closing stages on several occasions. It is also a track that rewards aggressive strategy; the undercut (pitting a lap earlier than the car in front) is particularly effective here. Last year’s race featured a number of surprises due to the weather, as teams were forced to improvise on strategy. But the race was ultimately decided in Lewis Hamilton’s favor when Nico Rosberg made a mistake and slipped off the road.
In collaboration with James Allen