1076th F1 GRAND PRIX | 51st UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX | 10th GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
Formula 1’s popularity has boomed in the United States in recent years. Last year’s race at Circuit of The Americas attracted 400,000 spectators. The 2022 United States Grand Prix is set to take place on October 21-23.
Friday 21st October
Free Practice 1 – 2:00pm Local Time / 8:00pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 5:00pm Local Time / 11:00pm UK Time
Saturday 22nd October
Free Practice 3 – 2:00pm Local Time / 8:00pm UK Time
Qualifying- 5:00pm Local Time / 11:00pm UK Time
Sunday 23rd October
The 2022 United States Grand Prix – 2:00pm Local Time / 8:00pm UK Time
With the Miami Grand Prix having taken place earlier this year, 2022 will become the first Formula 1 season to feature two races in the country since 1984, when the sport raced in both Detroit and Dallas. In total, it’s the twelfth season in which F1 will race in the United States twice.
Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez will become the first drivers to have made ten race starts at this track.
Four different drivers have won the last four races at Circuit of The Americas. If a driver other than Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas or Max Verstappen wins this weekend, that streak would be extended to five. Similarly, if a team other than Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull win the race, it would be the first time four different teams have won four successive races at the track.
Pole position for Lewis Hamilton would see him equal Ayrton Senna as the driver to have taken the most poles at the United States Grand Prix. Senna took pole at the event five times during his career.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO COTA?
Minimal changes have been made at COTA since the last United States Grand Prix. Parts of the track surface have been reinforced to prevent dips reoccurring and the circuit has been resurfaced from Turns 2 to 10 and from Turns 12 to 15. Other minor changes include modifications to run-off areas (to make way for new grandstands) and the removal of some kerbing.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE 2022 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX?
There’ll be two DRS activation zones at the 2022 United States Grand Prix – on the back back straight between Turns 11 & 12 and on the main straight.
COTA TRACK GUIDE
Circuit of The Americas has been the permanent home of the United States Grand Prix since the event returned to the calendar in 2012. The Texas track is a modern venue with an old school character, and takes inspiration from iconic circuits.
While the history of a Grand Prix in America harks all the way back to the early Twentieth Century, Formula 1’s presence in the country has not always been so permanent. Thus far, there have been ten different tracks which have hosted Formula 1 races in the United States. Before Texas, the event was held at Indianapolis in the early years of the new millennium. After a farcical event in 2005 which saw only six cars take the start, and a declining reputation of F1 in America, Indianapolis didn’t renew their contract when it came to an end in 2007 and F1’s tenure in America thus ended.
The idea of reviving the U.S. Grand Prix was first seriously proposed in July 2010. At a press conference, Tavo Hellmund announced plans to build the first purpose-built F1 track in the country, 25 minutes south east of Austin.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The drivers appearing in the press conference for this race are:
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Lando Norris (McLaren)
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Alex Albon (Williams)
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Zak Brown (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Frederic Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Mario Isola (Pirelli).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 United States Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Enrique Bernoldi.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX?
400,000 fans attended the 2021 United States Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen took another win in search of his first title.
Formula 1 returned to Circuit of The Americas for the first time since 2019 following an enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and George Russell all took grid penalties after using new power unit parts.
It was a familiar sight at the front of the grid, with Max Verstappen lining up alongside Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen attempted to cover Hamilton’s pass on the run into Turn 1, but the Mercedes driver took the advantage. The McLaren and Ferrari drivers went wheel to wheel on the opening lap, with Lando Norris very nearly completing a double overtake on his team-mate and Carlos Sainz.
After the first round of pit stops, it was Verstappen who emerged ahead thanks to the undercut. Fernando Alonso battled with the Alfa Romeo drivers, encountering contact with Kimi Raikkonen and being forced to give a position back to Antonio Giovinazzi after gaining an advantage off track. Alonso later became one of three retirements from the race – team-mate Esteban Ocon and his fellow Frenchman Pierre Gasly were also resigned to the sidelines.
Verstappen made his second stop with 26 laps to go, while Hamilton came in two laps later. Hamilton chased Verstappen to the line, but was unable to prevent the Dutchman from winning. Verstappen took victory by little over a second. The McLaren/Ferrari battle raged on as Ricciardo and Sainz made contact, with the Australian eventually coming out on top. Of the drivers who started from the back, Bottas and Vettel were able to recover to points-paying positions.