THE 2021 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
ROUND 17. 22nd – 24th October.
1052nd F1 GRAND PRIX | 50th UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX | 9th GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
2019 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2019 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS
Friday 22nd October
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 5:30pm UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 9pm UK Time)
Saturday 23rd October
Free Practice 3 (1pm Local Time/ 7pm UK Time)
Qualifying (4pm Local Time/ 10pm UK Time)
Sunday 24th October
The 2021 United States Grand Prix (2pm Local Time/ 8pm UK Time)
- This will be the seventh race to be held on 24th October. It’s the first race to be held on this date since the 2010 Korean Grand Prix.
- The 52nd lap of the 2021 United States Grand Prix will be the 500th racing lap to take place at Circuit of the Americas.
- Strangely, if Valtteri Bottas fails to take pole this weekend, he will be the first driver to have not taken pole in consecutive races at the Circuit of the Americas. All three other polesitters at the track – Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – followed up their first pole at the track with another pole in the following year.
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The circuit has been resurfaced in places since F1’s last visit in 2019. The track surface has also been milled in places in order to reduce bumps – specifically between Turns 2 and 3, and at Turns 4, 6, 10 and 14.
CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS TRACK GUIDE
The Circuit of the Americas has been the permanent home of the U.S. 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 One’s presence in the country has not always been so permanent. Thus far, there have been ten different tracks which have hosted Formula One 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.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the Press Conference at the United States Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Zak Brown (McLaren), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Jost Capito (Williams).
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 Emanuele Pirro.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2019 UNITED STATES GP RECAP
Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth Drivers’ Championship after finishing as runner-up to team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the 2019 United States Grand Prix.
Lando Norris was the surprise name at the top of the timesheets at the end of Q1 for the 2019 United States Grand Prix, but it was business as usual in Q3. Valtteri Bottas took pole position by twelve thousandths of a second, but his team-mate Lewis Hamilton managed only fifth on the grid. Bottas maintained his lead at the start of the race, while Alex Albon made contact and had a slight airborne moment at the first turn. Sebastian Vettel, who started second, began to fall down the field and was out seven laps later with suspension failure. While other cars opted for a two-stop strategy, Hamilton tried a one-stop approach, which led to Bottas being behind his team-mate after his stop. The Finn soon found a way past Hamilton but was behind him once again after his second stop. With five laps remaining Bottas requested ‘no talking’ on the team radio and a battle for the win ensued. Hamilton forced Bottas wide, but the Finn came back one lap later and assumed the lead of the race. Bottas won, but all eyes were on Hamilton, who secured his sixth Drivers’ Championship and celebrated with a round of donuts. Max Verstappen completed the podium trio, while Charles Leclerc scored the additional point for fastest lap of the race.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:36.335 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:47.502 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:34.057 (Max Verstappen)|
|Free Practice 2||1:34.668 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:48.716 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:33.232 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 3||1:34.478 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:33.797 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:33.305 (Max Verstappen)|
|Qualifying||1:33.108 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:32.237 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:32.029 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Grand Prix||1:37.766 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:37.392 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:36.169 (Charles Leclerc)|