Would we see The German’s comeback This Grand Prix

Published 10/31/2014, 3:44 AM EDT


Finishing their business in Sochi, Russia the F1 is back to Austin to excite its fans.

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Let’s start with vital statistics of the race:

Circuit: Circuit of The Americas

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Circuit length: 5.513 km

Number of corners: 20 (9 right, 11 left)

DRS zones: 2

Race laps: 56

Race distance: 308.405 km

2014 tyre compounds: soft, medium

Circuit lap record: 1m 39.347s – Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2012

It is one of the four Anti-Clockwise circuits this season. There are some fast corners and many rapid elevation changes as well. Teams have generally favoured one-stop strategies over the past two Grand Prix in Austin, but this year Pirelli are offering a softer range of tyres. The Italian company have brought out their white-marked medium and yellow-marked softer compounds, compared to the medium and hard in 2012, which could produce a more varied range of strategies.

Hamilton is coming to this weekend with 4 consecutive victories. He has all the momentum. Though mathematically championship is alive till the last round but this weekend is a must win for Rosberg who is 17 points behind the Briton. The German had a lot of time to recover mentally after his 1 lap stint at Sochi.

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The team which could challenge the silver arrows this weekend maybe the Williams’. Valterri Bottas has been the star for the Williams’ this season.

Marussia and Caterham have pulled out of this weekend and filed for bankruptcy. Only 18 drivers will start the race, which is the lowest since 2005.

The weather is forecast to be settled with ambient temperature; Highest of which may be 25 degrees of Celsius on Sunday, when it is also set to be cloudy. Friday and Saturday look likely to be slightly cooler, but with clear skies.

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With four back to back victories Lewis Hamilton is surely to enter this Grand Prix as a favorite. But as mentioned earlier, the race for the title is on till the last round so let’s keep our fingers crossed and support our favorites.

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Pranav Aggarwal

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