Despite both titles having already been settled, there is still all to play for as F1 heads to Circuit of the Americas, Texas, for 2023 US Grand Prix.
Although Red Bull have wrapped up both driver and constructors’ titles, Mercedes and Ferrari are still battling to finish second in the latter championship, whilst Aston Martin and McLaren do battle over fourth place.
Sergio Perez meanwhile heads to Texas with a 30-point gap over Lewis Hamilton as the Mexican looks to push to secure a second-placed finish in the drivers’ standings this season.
Now, here is a full preview of everything that you need to know ahead of 2023 US Grand Prix.
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas
Race Distance: 308.405km
Tyre Compounds: C2, C3 & C4
|Friday 20 October||Practice||6:30pm|
|Friday 20 October||Qualifying||10:00pm|
|Saturday 21 October||Sprint Shootout||6:30pm|
|Saturday 21 October||Sprint||11:00pm|
|Sunday 22 October||Race||8:00pm|
Five Key Pointers
- Having encountered bumps around the circuit last year, teams could use Friday Practice to explore the smoothness of the track layout and discover whether bumps still remain in various corners.
- Despite Mercedes facing difficult competition to be second-best team, Hamilton has finished on the podium in 10 of 11 visits to Circuit of the Americas so expect him to be competitive here.
- A clean start with brakes up to temperature will be key for those who find themselves in midfield heading into the tight opening uphill corner in the race.
- Braking will be key at Turn 11 because any lock-ups could leave drivers out wide and vulnerable down the back straight towards Turn 12, where gusty wind could cause rear stability issues.
- Two-stop strategies have been common in recent visits to Texas so expect two-stop strategies to once again be the case, with some opting for soft tyres in Sprint to save hard and mediums for GP.
Last Time Out
Verstappen dominated the US Grand Prix in 2022 after overtaking pole-sitter, Carlos Sainz at the start, and even overcame a slow second pit stop to snatch victory from Hamilton with a Lap 50 overtake, which secured Red Bull the constructors’ title.