'From U.S. F1 Grand Prix to Mexico F1 Grand Prix 2016' - Speed, Adrenaline and Entertainment

The U.S. Grand Prix kicked off last Friday in Austin, Texas, for a weekend of racing and music with this year’s concert lineup including Taylor Swift and Usher. The 2016 COTA had the highest ever overall attendance for this year race weekend, over the three-day weekend the Circuit brought in a total record attendance of 269,889 people. The United States is an important market for F1.

 

The United States has a positive influence on world culture, with many of its successful brands, sports, and shows making an impact across the globe. Haas F1 Team, based in North Carolina, is the first US-based team to race in the sport in 30 years. Having an American team may change in the future the fan base in the US and having an American driver seems to be the suggested guidance in order to make the sport more popular in the US and gather more aficionados and followers.
 

Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo. Photo: Marco Figueroa


The Haas F1 team. Photo: Marco Figueroa

Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team . Photo: Marco Figueroa

 
 
The winner of the race Lewis Hamilton produced a flawless performance to win the US Grand Prix from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, while Daniel Ricciardo the driver from Red Bull Racing was third.  Hamilton, who has seven wins this season, has now won four of the five races held at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. It was his 50th career win but more importantly, it helped reduce the points gap with teammate Nico Rosberg.  Hamilton’s win also made him the third man in history to win 50 Grand Prix (after Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost).
 

Top three finishers Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, United States. Photo: Marco Figueroa

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Photo: Marco Figueroa

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, United States. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 
 
Hamilton had a good start and remained in control from there. In contrast, Rosberg, starting on the dirty side of the track, struggled to find grip and was passed by Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo, but  Rosberg eventually reclaimed the lost position to finish second, 4.5 seconds behind Hamilton. Ricciardo finished third, almost 20 seconds behind the winner.
 

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP finished in second position during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, United States. Photo: Marco Gutierrez

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates finishing in third place in parc ferme during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas . Photo: Marco Figueroa


Rosberg had a tougher time overtaken by Ricciardo at Turn One and under pressure from Verstappen behind, he had to work hard for his second place. He benefitted from pitting under the Virtual Safety Car after Ricciardo had come in a few laps before to remain in front of the Red Bull and limit his championship losses to just seven points.  The Fourth place went to Sebastian Vettel whose Ferrari received a little bump at the start of the race but was not damaged.

 

 

Lewis Hamilton remarked about the race, "I'm delighted to claim my 50th career victory today, it's been a long time coming, but most importantly it was great to have a solid race weekend. This race has always gone extremely well for me, but still, it was a massive relief when I crossed the line given my reliability issues in recent rounds. I was 100% clear on my start and I knew it was going to turn out that way. It was a nice feeling, especially after so many ups and downs, and I was able to control the race from there. It's been great to be back here in Austin and the response from the fans has been incredible. The aim is to continue this form next week and I can't wait to continue the Championship battle in Mexico."

 

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 
 
Nico Rosberg, 2nd said, "I had a good start and tried to overtake Lewis on the outside but ultimately it meant Daniel Ricciardo had a better line out of turn 1 and was able to capitalise on this. From there it was hard to overtake the Red Bull but our altered strategy paid off. We ran the medium tyre and that gave us plenty of options, especially when the virtual safety car came into play. The medium tyre showed some really strong pace and the car felt great which meant towards the end I was closing in on Lewis, but it was too late. He did a better job this weekend and deserved the win and I look forward to continuing our battle in Mexico."
 
 

Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the grid before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 
 
Daniel Ricciardo, who finished 3rd stated, “In the beginning of the race the supersoft tyres helped me but the actual start I felt wasn’t really that much better than the Mercedes. Then I saw Nico going to the outside so it gave me an opportunity on the inside. Obviously, I would have loved to have lead out of Turn 1 but a second was good enough. I tried to stay with Lewis the first couple of laps but then his soft tyres were able to go a bit better. I think we were looking good for P2 but then the Virtual Safety Car didn’t work in our favour today. I’m not going to be too disappointed, it’s just cool to be on the podium here. I love coming here, the anthem was pretty awesome before the race, I had goosebumps, I’m not gonna lie, and then the podium after was great. It’s another big bag of points and us at least had Nico’s pace so that’s encouraging and we’ll try and do what we can in the next few days. Obviously, Max and Kimi had their misfortunes today so it was just me and Seb out there, but we still gained a little bit on Ferrari so we’re looking good. We’ll try and keep going like this and get on the podiums for the last few races.”
 
 

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates finishing in third place in parc ferme during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 

Sebastian Vettel, 4th said, "Overall today was a better day than yesterday, it was a good race. The start was not so good and into turn 1 I was quite lucky, given that somebody was hitting me, I think it was Nico Hülkenberg. Luckily nothing was broken so I could carry on. Then the pace was good, we were looking after the tyres, so we could go longer than other people. The race was a bit different than we expected, we got a present from Max today but unfortunately also Kimi had some problems and had to retire. It could have been a good performance for the team with both cars in the points."

Mexico F1 Grand Prix 2016 is heading to Mexico City for 3 days in October with the practice race on the 28th, the qualifying round on the 29th, and the final race on the 30th.
 

The return to the Formula One of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers and F1 trailblazers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. The race was a major success in 2015 after an injection of both private and government money.  The facility was comprehensively upgraded, with the entire track resurfaced for the occasion and changes were made to a number of corners including Peraltada.  The event was a huge hit with drivers and fans alike, proving that Mexico still has a very strong appetite for all things F1.

 

Pascal Wehrlein of Germany and Manor Racing- the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 
 

Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India walks in the Paddock in Austin, TX. Photo: Marco Gutierrez

 

Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2016 in Austin, United States. Photo: Marco Figueroa

 

Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo on track during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas

 

Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas. Photos: Marco Figueroa

 

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