The American track has an interesting configuration – a high-speed first sector with a combination of fast turns, and slower turns near to the end of the circuit. The track is very diverse, the passage of the lap requires good driving technique. Here there is always a difficult challenge for engineers, and requirement of high concentration for the drivers.
Last year Austin gave us a very spectacular race with a lot of interesting events. Newly made five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who got the early title one stage earlier, in Mexico, couldn't confirm the championship with a victory. Last year at the US Grand Prix Hamilton finished in third place. The winner of last year's race in Austin was Kimi Raikkonen, that victory was the first for him in the last 113 races.
The second place went to Max Verstappen. The Dutch had an incredible race: Max started from P18 and rose to ninth place for the first lap. Then Red Bull chose the right moment to get ahead of Valtteri Bottas through the strategy. The race ended with a beautiful and fair fight between Verstappen and Hamilton, in which Max won and took second place.
Sebastian Vettel was unable to convert the start from P2 to a place in the top 3. At the start Vettel had a contact with Ricciardo. Seb got closer to Dan to overtake him in one of the turns, but didn’t have enough space and then he touched the Ricciardo’s wheels, which caused Vettel spun.
This year's Austin Grand Prix also promises to be eventful. Firstly, Lewis finally has a chance to officially take the championship title – he needs to earn 4 points, regardless of the results of Valtteri Bottas. Thus, it’s enough for Lewis to finish no lower than eighth place. Secondly, there is a big question – who will win the race? As we saw in Mexico, Ferrari and Red Bull cars have very good speed, but the main role is still played by strategy, so everything will depend on the plans of the teams for the race.