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2021 Formula One United States Grand Prix

Who will win the Formula One US Grand Prix?

  • Verstappen

    Votes: 1,073 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
    1,782
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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As probably already said, the Aero is the issue and the DRS is just a bandaid to overcome it to a degree. I hate it personally and it is a sad state of affairs if without DRS you cannot be passed. I want to see these guys battling for position not passing because they have an huge Vmax advantage.
Hopefully the new cars will fix this.

The answer is 4 wheel drive lol. then one can maybe get enough exit grip on the dirty part of track
For sure, there is too much aero in F1. You are right about DRS, it is not popular at all so many people feel that way. I think they need to try and reduce wing pressures, especially at the rear, so that the cars can follow each other closely through the corners. This could be done by having simpler rear wings.
As another member said, people want close wheel to wheel racing and DRS is not good for that.
 
For sure, there is too much aero in F1. You are right about DRS, it is not popular at all so many people feel that way. I think they need to try and reduce wing pressures, especially at the rear, so that the cars can follow each other closely through the corners. This could be done by having simpler rear wings.
As another member said, people want close wheel to wheel racing and DRS is not good for that.
see the 2022 new car and it's fenceless rear wing.
 

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