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2021 Formula One United States Grand Prix

Who will win the Formula One US Grand Prix?

  • Verstappen

    Votes: 1,071 60.2%
  • Hamilton

    Votes: 409 23.0%
  • Bottas

    Votes: 66 3.7%
  • Norris

    Votes: 74 4.2%
  • Pérez

    Votes: 59 3.3%
  • Sainz

    Votes: 11 0.6%
  • Leclerc

    Votes: 42 2.4%
  • Ricciardo

    Votes: 24 1.3%
  • Somebody else

    Votes: 24 1.3%

  • Total voters
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Formula 1 is in Austin, Texas this weekend for the United States Grand Prix, with the driver’s championship still very much up for grabs.

Only six races remain in the 2021 Formula 1 season, and the title fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is still tightly contested. The two are separated by just six points entering this weekend, with Verstappen currently holding the lead.

This has been one of the closest battles for the driver’s championship in F1 history, with Hamilton and Verstappen and their respective Mercedes and Red Bull teams both assuming points leads in the championships at various times throughout the season.

The constructor’s championship is far from decided, but Mercedes’ current 30+ point lead seems to be the first sign of one team being the favourite to win so far this season. A late surge in the points from Valtteri Bottas has been the cause of the recent swing in Mercedes’s favour. His rival at Red Bull, Sergio Perez, has struggled lately but did join his teammate on the podium in Turkey.

Mid-pack, the exceptional season for McLaren has given the team in orange a 7.5 point advantage over their Ferrari rivals entering the last six races this year. The MCL35M looks to even have the speed to compete with the dominant Red Bull and Mercedes at various points in recent races. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will try and answer back in their Ferrari this weekend, coming off a race in Turkey where both finished in the top 10.

Track temperatures should be hot on Sunday for the race, with sunny conditions forecast and highs of over 30 degrees Celsius. Mercedes has won five of the last six F1 races held at Circuit of the Americas and will hope to put Hamilton on the top podium step to once again take the championship lead.

What’s your prediction for the 2021 US Grand Prix? Let us know in the comments below.
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Although you are not allowed to develop the engine, nor are you allowed to change engine modes from quali to race, you can run the engine at a higher mode than you have in past races. This is what Mercedes are doing, hence the faster straight line speed. The risk is a higher potential for engine failure.
 
The US Grand Prix is always a shite one. Always feels like a wasted weekend, despite the enthusiasm the drivers always bring. A second South American race would be so much more rewarding for all concerned.
 
Although you are not allowed to develop the engine, nor are you allowed to change engine modes from quali to race, you can run the engine at a higher mode than you have in past races. This is what Mercedes are doing, hence the faster straight line speed. The risk is a higher potential for engine failure.
Hope they blowup:p
 
The straight line speed of the Mercedes comes from turning the engine up and the squatting of the suspension at high speeds. There is a video where you can see that the Mercedes car suddenly becomes much lower to the ground at high speed. Clever suspension.
 
One of the best tracks in the world. First sector driving the Formula 1 car you can see the speed on the limit on Tv. Beatifull!

Off topic 5 km in the neberhood of the track.. best cult horror movie is shooting on that location. Texax chainsaw mascre 1973
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Fascinating...So, when Red Bull car improves, it's always good development and a hard working, dedicated team with the best drivers ever...when Mercedes does it, it's illegal and cheating and their drivers all suck....noted with thanks.

At least you guys are consistent, I'll give you that :rolleyes::roflmao:
 
I live in the USA and find this to be one of the most boring tracks in the world. I'd like to see them at Sebring instead, as that would be a very interesting race. It won't happen though, as the Sebring track is too bumpy at the infamous Turn 17. Indy cars practice at Sebring, however they use a shorter version which excluded Turn 17 due to the bumps. I watched the Indy cars practice one day, and a Deputy Sheriff put a radar gun on one. At the brake zone before Turn 7 (Hotel Turn) they were about 180 MPH at the 300 foot marker. One can only wish. :)
 
Fascinating...So, when Red Bull car improves, it's always good development and a hard working, dedicated team with the best drivers ever...when Mercedes does it, it's illegal and cheating and their drivers all suck....noted with thanks.

At least you guys are consistent, I'll give you that :rolleyes::roflmao:
It's like people have a certain agenda towards certain drivers / teams and will read what they see to fit that agenda?
 
Good fight for championship, but I shouldn't be forced to watch a driver who flips the bird like a classless chav on the M4, or the other one who acts like a little girl and slaps them on the helmet.
Especially for any young kids watching, this is not the way to do it.

Race hard, but do it in a gentlemanly manner please.
 

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