After a party in Mexico, Formula 1 completes the final back-to-back of 2019 this weekend at the United States Grand Prix.
Though Lewis Hamilton claimed a wonderful victory in Mexico City, he just came up short in his bid to secure a sixth F1 title as teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third.
The Briton though likely only has to wait seven days to achieve that remarkable feat and heads to a venue where his record is unmatched with five wins to his name.
Ferrari though are continuing to keep their rivals on edge and the midfield battle is heating up as well so here’s our guide to the US GP
About the race:
F1 and America has always had a tricky relationship through the decades despite plenty of races at many different tracks but yet the sport has never managed to captivate the world’s largest car market like IndyCar or NASCAR have.
There have been some hits, such as the Detroit GP and Watkins Glen but also plenty of misses like Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and even an eight-year run at Indianapolis, the home of American motorsport, was destroyed by the farcical six-car race of 2005.
Slowly though interest is building and much of that is thanks to the success of the US GP at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
First raced on back in 2012, the track has developed into one of the most challenging on the calendar with action all-but guaranteed.
The inaugural race saw a battle for the ages as Hamilton passed Sebastian Vettel to claim victory, but the German got payback a year later with Red Bull.
As with most circuits though, Mercedes has been dominant since 2014 and Lewis had won every race at COTA until Kimi Raikkonen scored likely his final F1 win there for Ferrari last season.
Was that a result which signalled the end of Hamilton’s US dominance and the rise of Ferrari? Check out my picks below!
Top Pick: Ferrari ($29.1m)
Whereas recent races have been better for Mercedes or at least less-suited to Ferrari, it is hard to look past the Italian team this weekend.
As the downforce on the cars has increased, more and more areas of COTA have become either flat-out or more power-sensitive and that means their engine advantage should be crucial in both qualifying and the race.
Also, while this probably shouldn’t be a factor, in races where Hamilton has been more likely to secure titles he is often more conservative and that is something that can work in the Scuderia’s favour.
Medium pick: Alex Albon ($14.2m)
Currently, Albon at this price is proving a must-have as he produces consistent top-six results at Red Bull and is improving with every race.
Though a standout result like a podium still seems some way off, certainly he is more dependable than any of the highest pricd midfield runners.
Low pick: Lando Norris ($5.5m)
Luck continues to be against Norris in recent races, with his Mexican GP effectively ended by a cross-threaded wheelnut which ruined his first pit-stop and led to a retirement.
However, compared to those around at a similar price, his good qualifying results are making up for the difficult Sunday’s in terms of points scored and surely, a good day is just around the corner!
Carlos Sainz ($8.8m)
After a string of top-eight finishes, last weekend was a rare off day for Sainz as he fell down the field due to being compromised on tyre strategy.
There’s no indication, however, that it was anything more than a blip for the Spaniard and to see him do anything other than lead the midfield would be a surprise.
Daniel Ricciardo ($10m)
While Renault have had many trials and tribulations off the track in recent weeks, there is actually signs of progress with Ricciardo producing two trademark performances to score top-10 finishes.
With some momentum on his side then, and at a race the Australian loves, don’t be surprised to see Ricciardo once again going all out in Austin.
That concludes our preview for the US GP, so head on over to PlayOn.co now to create your fantasy teams and enter them into our games for big cash prizes!