US GP Form Examination | Verstappen provides good statistics in pursuit of records

Every driver is different and every driver excels under different circumstances. For example, the current Formula 1 grid has real street fighters, while others feel great on very soft asphalt, for example. What about what the drivers are like on the track we’re traveling to this weekend? For the second time this season, it will be Formula 1 in America. The US Grand Prix will be held at the Circuit of the Americas.

Two decades ago, there was still a love-hate relationship between Formula 1 and the United States. This relationship has turned into an excellent marriage in recent years. This year the Miami Grand Prix has already been held, and next year three races are scheduled in the North American country. There was no Grand Prix in America in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic. Partly because of this, a number of drivers were not included in this model check. Yuki Tsunoda, Alexander Albon, Nicholas Latifi, Chu Guanyu and Mick Schumacher have all competed in less than two races at the US Grand Prix in the past four years.

Verstappen rules at “Mercedes Circuit’

driver Score US GP 2018, 2019, 2021 DNFs US GP 2018, 2019, 2021

1. Max Verstappen

58

0

2. Lewis Hamilton

52

0

3. Valtteri Bottas

43

0

4. Charles Leclerc

25

1

5. Sergio Perez

20

0

6. Daniel Ricciardo

18

1

7. Carlos Sainz

16

0

8. Sebastian Vettel

13

1

9 – Lando Norris*

10

0

10 – George Russell*

0

0

10 – Fernando Alonso *

0

2

10 – Esteban Ocon*

0

2

10. Pierre Gasly

0

2

10. Lance Stroll

0

0

10. Kevin Magnussen

0

2

* Drivers with a star after the name have two out of three Latest releases.

The Circuit of the Americas is known as the true Mercedes circuit. After all, the German racing stable has won five of the nine editions at Austin. However, for Mercedes’ recent victory in the US, we have to go back to 2019. When Valtteri Bottas was the best driver at the Circuit of the Americas. The Finn was allowed to start from pole position, while teammate Lewis Hamilton was fifth. It eventually ended up being a one-two for Mercedes. Max Verstappen was close to the seven-time world champion but had to gain third place.

A year ago, the Red Bull Racing driver managed to take second place. Verstappen had to start from 18th after a penalty, but after a big race to catch up he ended up on the podium. Due to some events in the first round, the Dutchman actually found himself fifth in the seventh round. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo failed to promote Verstappen to P4. by passed The driver suddenly finished second and had to fight Hamilton. The Briton thought several times that he had passed Verstappen, but the Red Bull driver managed to retain his second place.

In 2021, everything is better for Verstappen. In a fierce title fight with Hamilton, the Formula 1 world expected the Mercedes driver to be in pole position and win the race from that position. However, things went differently, as it was Verstappen who started first and also won the race. The Limburger lost their first position at the start, but thanks to Red Bull’s feat in terms of strategy, Verstappen was able to reclaim the lead. Thanks to Schumacher, the world champion kept defending champion Hamilton behind in the crucial final stage of the race to score 25 points in the title fight.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez scored important points in CotA in 2021.

Ferrari gets good points in America

Ferrari has also been able to celebrate victory in the United States in the past three editions. In 2018, it was Kimi Raikkonen who crossed the line first. For the Finn, it was the first time in 113 races that he had managed to win. The Ferrari driver at the time was better than Hamilton and caught him in the first corner. From that moment on, the singles world champion never gave up the lead. Together, the other Ferrari drivers have amassed another 43 points for the Italian team in the past three Grand Prix editions.

DNFs infect F1 drivers in CotA

Only nine drivers on the current grid who have also competed in two of the last three editions have been able to score points. The other six riders failed to score, which was mostly due to a lack of reliability. The first corner was also the last leg of the race for some drivers. The 2018 US Grand Prix in particular had a lot of setbacks. Only fourteen drivers managed to reach the finish line at that time. Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen in particular have an unfortunate record in the Circuit of the Americas. They have pulled out twice in the past three editions.

The most unusual accident occurred in 2019. Sebastian Vettel had to stop his race on lap eight after his stop failed. The Ferrari driver at the time ended up a bit off the track and suddenly his car tilted. The suspension failed on the left front of his car and that was also a warning to Charles Leclerc. “Try to avoid the curb at the top of Turn 8,” was the advice Monegasque gave. The driver himself did not understand the situation very well, but listened to the team. Leclerc managed to cross the line fourth in that race and did it again two years later.

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