Another back to back race, right after the one which took place yesterday in Mexico. The COTA, Circuit of The Americas, is ready to welcome all the Formula 1 teams and to host, 99% sure, the World Champion party.
Lewis Hamilton won yesterday the Mexican Grand Prix after a crazy race made of pit stop strategies, but failed to celebrate his sixth world title by missing just 4 points of advantage on his team mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished 3rd. Sebastian Vettel put himself between the Mercedes' drivers, while Charles Leclerc, who started on pole, only finished fourth.
Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected for the COTA the same range of tyres selected for Mexico: C2 as the White hard, C3 as the Yellow medium, and C4 as the Red soft. Also, our drivers will test, during Friday's sessions, next year's Pirelli specification, having a first real taste to 2020. Each driver will get two sets of the 2020 soft compound tyres, for use during FP1 and FP2 only.
Last year's edition saw Kimi Raikkonen as winner. The Finn came back on the highest spot of the podium for the first time after Australia 2013, where he won driving a Lotus. The Ferrari driver won with a one pit-stop strategy, from UltraSoft to Soft, while Max Verstappen, 2nd, switched from Soft to SuperSoft. Hamilton, 3rd, had, instead, a two pit-stop strategy.
“Austin has always been renowned for putting on a great show, both on and off the track." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "This year, it is particularly significant, as it is where the teams will get to sample next year’s tyres for the first time, during free practice on Friday. This of course is just an initial taste of the 2020 C4 soft compound, before teams get to test the full homologated range of next year’s tyres at the two-day test in December following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as usual. Austin contains a bit of everything in terms of different types of corner, with quite representative asphalt as well, so it should be a good place to try out these new tyres for the first time”.
Here are the tyres sets available per driver for the American Grand Prix.