Grand Prix 2021 United States Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

Yee Haw, it the rhinestone, longhorn and barbecue Grand Prix!

Back to Texas for 9th running of the USA Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. We could discuss the season so far, and the battle between Hamilton and Verstappen but instead here's a brief history of the only F1 World Champion born in the United States, Phil Hill.

Hill was born in Miami, Florida in 1927 and grew up in California. In 1949, after a couple of years at University, Hill came to England and worked for Jaguar. He signed for Ferrari in 1955, to drive for their sportscar team. Enzo did not consider him temperamentally suited to single seat racing. He won Le Mans in 1958, 1961 and 1962, each time paired with Olivier Genbedein, which showed that old man Ferrari had a reasonable of what a driver was capable of.

In 1958, following the death of Luigi Musso and Peter Collins, Hill was promoted to the F1 team and helped Mike Hawthorn win the Championship. He won his first race for Ferrari at, of all places for a Ferrari driver, Monza in 1960. In 1961 the title race boiled down to a battle between Hill and Ferrari team mate Wolfgang von Trips. At Monza von Trips touched wheels with Jim Clark, his car cartwheeled in to the crowd killing the German and 14 spectators. Hill won the race and took the title by a single point from his dead team mate.

He was pall bearer at von Trips and described the experience as "profoundly mournful". Hill drove for Ferrari for the 1962 season but failed to win another race. From there his career went steadily downhill and in 1966, driving for Dan Gurney's All American Racers he failed to qualify yet again at Monza. He never drove an F1 car again.

Hill drove a few more sports car races but retired from motor racing entirely in 1967, settling down to domestic life back in California. He passed away in 2008 from complications related to Parkinson's disease.

The race on Sunday is over 49 laps of the 3.4 mile circuit. Valterri Bottas won the race the last time it took place in 2019, however Lewis has won 5 of the 8 race at CotA. Enjoy!
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
The race on Sunday is over 49 laps of the 3.4 mile circuit.
thats seems abit short, considering beligium a mile longer is 44 laps
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i remember 2018? Kimi Victory, what brilliant victory that was, i cant remember when 1 of the big guns won a race & it was universally popular & such a good news story to see Raikkonen to roll back the years and end his Ferrari spell on a high.

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F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
So it’s another ICE for Bottas this weekend. Looks like Mercedes still have some gremlins in the power units.
apparently another ICE for Hamilton in mexico with could be fasinating because its Mercedes worst circuit. give verstappen a huge advantage. as last 3 visits he qualified 3rd, 3rd & 4th. thats 8th/9th. on tough place to overtake. you could easily have a 20+ point advantage leaving Mexico

but im surprised at this 5th & 6th new engine part. am i wrong in thinking that Mercedes stuck to 3 bar 2020 with 1 driver
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
also what happened to Mercedes 8th & 9th in Q1, it likes they were miles ahead of everyone in FP1, theyve stood still & everyone has overtaken them
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Great to see Perez back on form, if Sergio is leading in Mexico then that could be fasinating. who going to make that call "max is quicker than you" & risk the fury of 100,000 Mexicans. but i heard yesterday he finally feels confident enough & have enough knowledge to try his own set ups. which is obviously working in spades. we are seeing 2020 perez

this title swings again because this was supposed to be 1 of his strongest & favourite tracks. retake the lead of the championship. lose here going into the next 2 especially if they are taking a penalty in mexico. this could easily slip away to have race win lead in the pocket & may need to win the final 3 races

Max & Lewis going head to head into Turn 1. maybe this is worth a punt ;)
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