2021 United States Grand Prix Weekend Information

?? THE 2021 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 18. 22nd – 24th October.

1053rd F1 GRAND PRIX | 50th UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX | 9th GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

2019 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2019 WINNER: VALTTERI BOTTAS


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

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)


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This weekend, Haas will equal the number of F1 appearances by the Surtees team.
  • 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.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WEEKEND NOTES

Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.


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.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. The drivers appearing in the press conference are yet to be announced.

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 yet to be announced.


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 yet to be announced.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


TYRE SELECTIONS

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

 Session201720182019
Free Practice 11:36.335 (Lewis Hamilton)1:47.502 (Lewis Hamilton)1:34.057 (Max Verstappen)
Free Practice 21:34.668 (Lewis Hamilton)1:48.716 (Lewis Hamilton)1:33.232 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 31:34.478 (Lewis Hamilton)1:33.797 (Sebastian Vettel)1:33.305 (Max Verstappen)
Qualifying1:33.108 (Lewis Hamilton)1:32.237 (Lewis Hamilton)1:32.029 (Valtteri Bottas)
Grand Prix1:37.766 (Sebastian Vettel)1:37.392 (Lewis Hamilton)1:36.169 (Charles Leclerc)

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