All the key details ahead of the US Grand Prix, including the full weekend race schedule, a track guide and the big-race betting tips from our ‘Pit-lane insider’
Formula 1 heads to Texas for the US Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton will claim his fourth world title if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by 16 points and team-mate Valtteri Bottas by three points, while Mercedes will win their fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship if they collect 17 more points than Ferrari.
Here, we have everything you need to know ahead of the big race…
US Grand Prix: Weekend Schedule & TV Guide
Saturday October 21
- Practice 3: 1700 BST
- Qualifying: 2200 BST
Sunday October 22
- Race: 2200 BST
You can watch all the sessions of the US GP weekend live on Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4.
US Grand Prix: Sky Bet odds
Lewis Hamilton will have his first opportunity to clinch the 2017 Drivers’ Championship this weekend in the US Grand Prix and Sky Bet are offering a 7/1 Price Boost that the Briton will clinch his fourth title in Texas.
Should Hamilton claim his sixth success at the Circuit of the Americas he will take the title provided nearest rival Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower – one of an number of scenarios ahead of the race.
US Grand Prix tips: F1 Pit Lane insider
Nobody likes to tip an odds-on favourite, but let’s face it, Hamilton could be 1/100 and still good value in the USA. Six starts there and five wins, and he comes into the race having not finished lower than second since the summer break and having won four of the last five races. He’s in red-hot form and although the title will probably have to wait another week, a win in Austin will surely be his.
Nine podiums in the last 12 races for the Aussie, which is more than any other driver and he returns to a track where he’s finished third in two of the last three years. He’s the man to take advantage of any opportunities for a dive down the inside at the end of the long back straight and you can be sure he’ll be giving his all.
Carlos Sainz was the first driver to retire in Japan, in fact he’s crashed out on lap 1 in three of the last 10 races, so who better to take the honours this week, than his replacement at Toro Rosso, his old team mate Daniil ‘The Torpedo’ Kvyat. Nobody likes to see a driver have a bad day really, but the Russian seems to attract trouble like flies to a blue light and it could well be that his return to F1 doesn’t go totally according to plan.
US Grand Prix: Track guide
- Venue: Circuit of the Americas
- Circuit length: 5.513km
- Laps: 56
- Race distance: 308.405km
- Number of corners: 20 (11 left/9 right)
- Lap record: 1:39.347 (Sebastian Vettel, 2012)
- 2016 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:34.999
- 2016 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- 2016 fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:39.877
- Tyre compounds to be used: supersoft/soft/medium
- Bumpiness: smooth
- Overtaking chance: into turns one and 16
- Engine severity: medium
- Brake wear severity: medium/low
- Gearbox severity: medium
- Number of safety cars deployed since 2012: 4
US Grand Prix: Statistics
- Lewis Hamilton will win his fourth Formula One world championship if he outscores Sebastian Vettel by 16 points at Sunday’s United States Grand Prix.
- Hamilton will clinch the title if: He wins and Vettel finishes sixth or lower; he finishes second and Vettel is ninth or lower.
- Hamilton is bidding to surpass Sir Jackie Stewart and become the first British driver to win four world championships.
- Only Michael Schumacher (seven), Juan Manuel Fangio (five), Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel (both four) have won more than three championships in the sport’s history.
- Should Hamilton clinch the championship on Sunday it will be the second time he has wrapped up a title at the Circuit of the Americas after his victory in 2015 secured the championship with three rounds to spare.
- Hamilton has won four of the five races staged in Austin since its inception on the calendar in 2012. Vettel is the only other driver to have won here.
- Hamilton’s Mercedes team could also wrap up their fourth consecutive constructors’ championship. Ferrari must score 17 more points than Mercedes to take the battle on to Mexico. That has happened just once (Monaco) this season.
- Hamilton will be the only British driver competing here this weekend following Jolyon Palmer’s dismissal by Renault. David Coulthard was the last solo British representative back at the 2005 Monaco Grand Prix after Jenson Button completed a two-race ban for BAR.
- A victory for Hamilton would be the 62nd of his glittering career, which is double the amount that Nigel Mansell (31) – the next British driver on the all-time winners’ list – managed.
- Brendon Hartley will become the first New Zealand driver to enter a grand prix in more than three decades when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso. Mike Thackwell, who started just two races, was the last New Zealander to compete in an F1 race when he took part in the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix.
Updated F1 Drivers’ Standings 2017
- Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 306pts
- Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 247
- Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 234
- Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 192
- Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 148
- Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 111
- Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 82
- Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 65
- Carlos Sainz (Spa) Scuderia Toro Rosso 48
- Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 34
- Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 34
- Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 32
- Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 28
- Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 15
- Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 13
- Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 10
- Jolyon Palmer (Gbr) Renault 8
- Pascal Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber-Ferrari 5
- Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 4
- Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 0
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Haas F1 0
- Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 0
- Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 0
- Paul di Resta (Gbr) Williams 0
Updated F1 Constructors Standings 2017
- Mercedes GP 540pts
- Ferrari 395
- Red Bull 303
- Force India 147
- Williams 66
- Scuderia Toro Rosso 52
- Haas F1 43
- Renault 42
- McLaren 23
- Sauber-Ferrari 5