2017 United States Grand Prix: Hamilton favored to win it all in Austin
The United States Formula 1 Grand Prix P has been won by Lewis Hamilton three times when he was driving for Mercedes AMG. The Brit also won the inaugural race while driving for McLaren back in 2012. Hamilton even clinched the drivers title twice with Austin playing a pivotal role in his title battle, in 2014 and 2015. And this year, we could see the same.
Hamilton currently leads the championship standings with a 59-point gap over Sebastian Vettel, and history has shown that Lewis is nearly unbeatable in Texas. But that is not to say that Sebastian doesn’t have a chance. Vettel is the only other driver to win in Austin, in 2013. The German still has a chance in extending the battle to Abu Dhabi, but his $69 spark plug failure in Sepang really pinned Ferrari into a corner, leaving the Scuderia with no recourse but to win every race and hope Mercedes and Lewis somehow falter.
Kiwi Brendon Hartley will make his debut in Formula 1 in Austin, the former World Endurance Champoionship champ will swap his Porsche 919 hybrid for the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr. The Spaniard, in turn, will make his debut with Renault after Jolyon Palmer was ousted for not performing to management’s expectations.
Brendon will be the ninth New Zealander to race in Formula 1. “This opportunity came as somewhat of a surprise, but I never did give up on my ambition and childhood dream to reach F1” said the Kiwi.
Meanwhile, Sainz Jr., while talking with the media, said “It will be a big challenge, but it motivates me.” “We have some hard work ahead of us going into Austin with lots of things to learn and many people to meet.”
He added, “I’m going to give everything to be on the pace as soon as possible, even though I know it can take a bit of time to adapt. It’s key to have this immediate taste with Renault and get to know the people and the car, learn how much and in what ways you can push it.”
The United States Grand Prix will be on October 22, 2017