“Hi from turn 4,” chirps Kevin, by email, “Surrounded here by fans from all over the world. Lots of cowboy boots in attendance too. I came from relatively nearby Boston. Looking fwd to a great race. Conditions are …. perfect.” Yes, it looks a scorcher.
It’s a sell-out at the Circuit of the Americas, despite the fixture clash with the Nascar weekend up the road at the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Whether the additional carrot of live pop in the evening from Imagine Dragons and Pink is a moot point, but there should be enough glamour on the track anyhow. Get the party started.
And those driver championship standings:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 363pts
How they line up on the grid:
1 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 4 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 5 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 6 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 8 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 9 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 10 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso
Evening/afternoon everyone. In some respects this race feels like the equivalent of turning up on the final day of a series-deciding Test match, with the batting side 63 for 1 and needing only another 35 for victory. You know who’s going to win, and probably how, but the the formalities, the celebrations and the sense of history still lure you through the gates.
And it’s quite the achievement Lewis Hamilton is on the cusp of: a sixth F1 world championship, which would put him second on the all-time list behind only Michael Schumacher, and a fifth in six years. His domination of this decade has been emphatic, backed by a champion team, and blessed by his adaptability, resilience and sheer talent.
Source: Formula 1