Grand Prix 2016 United States Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Titch

Champion Elect
Premium Contributor
So as we move onto Austin, Texas, Rosberg would appear to be pretty much in control, and, unless Hamilton gets his starts sorted out, or Rosberg DNF for four races in a row, I don't see much changing.
Last year the weather at Austin dominated the race, to say that it was a wet race would be a massive understatement. The rain was so torrential that Q3 was cancelled and Qualifying was on race day. So do we hope for a dry weekend or a really wet one ?
The circuit is 3.427 miles long (5.515km), it's another Tilke designed circuit, one of a few which runs counter clockwise. From the start to the first corner the drivers climb to the highest point on the circuit, making the initial dash to the first corner and the inevitable jockeying for position that much more challenging than the usual start of race chaos. Last year if you remember saw Hamilton and Rosberg fighting for position at the corner with Hamilton winning. Bad feeling between them escalated, and it hasn't really got any better since.
One of the circuits major features is the spectacular Observation tower, which gives me vertigo just to look at. The observation platform is at 230 feet (70m) above ground. I imagine it's a fantastic place to watch the race ( for those with nerves of steel ) as you can see the entire circuit.
Last year Austin was a very entertaining race, lots of struggling for grip in the wet conditions, slides and overtakes. Of the 20 drivers who started, only 12 finished. It also saw Lewis Hamilton clinch the title, which is certainly not going to happen this year.
Although Austin has been a popular venue, fan attendance is in decline, maybe the current surge in the fortunes of the HAAS team will help to boost numbers at the track. But at the moment the Texas government has cut funding to the circuit, so Austin is looking threatened. I think it would be A great shame to see this race dropped.
Tyres for Austin : Supersofts, Soft and Medium
Number of Laps : 56
Race Distance : 308.4km.
 

F1Brits_90

Race Winner
Cant forget last year. Just rain on another level to anything ive seen i think ted said that at 1 pojnt fri sat & sun it had constantly rained for 36 hrs ish straight. That heistly rearranged qualifying with Q2 & 3 on sunday morning was brilliant seeing the drivers wresting the cars which is annoying because we loved watching, so for 2017 they give them more downforce instead of taking it away

Something i was thinking at Japanese weekend is that what is it with at the moment where teams home circuit are there bogey track red bull - red bull ring. Mclaren - suzuka & technically ferrari - Monza
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
How about the run down to the first corner could be interesting especially from whoever has the inside line?
 

Greenlantern101

Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
Contributor
Perfect outcome for Nico. I don't think he will be trying too hard to avoid hitting his team mate.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
Premium Contributor
Hamilton has to win this one. I think I'll be watching turn one through my fingers.
 

gethinceri

Daniil Kvyat Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan.
Contributor
Please note, I did not state that neither will make it through the esses.
;)
 

Bill Boddy

Professional layabout
Contributor
It is not in the interest of either driver to have collision since they cannot guarantee what the outcome would be, however I would not be surprised if one of them were to be squeezed over the white line.
 

Incubus

Champion Elect
Why all this talk of Rosberg and Hamilton hitting each other at the first corner? On the balance of probabilities it' s far more likely than either one will be hit by someone else entirely? ;)
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
Premium Contributor
I can almost see the media call request containing the words "we dare you, we double dare you!!"
 
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