Formula 1 has been searching for some time for a suitable permanent circuit in the USA and in Austin it has found it. In only its third year the American Grand Prix in Austin has rapidly become a favourite with both fans and F1 teams. Once again designed by Hermann Tilke, this undulating circuit takes characteristics from some of the best corners in racing, including the Maggots-Becketts section at Silverstone and the famous Turn 8 in Turkey. Austin’s first race was a thriller as Lewis Hamilton made use of DRS to complete a move around the outside of Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages for race victory. And in 2013 the move was replicated by many others, making use of the long back straight into a heavy-braking hairpin. Sebastian Vettel won last year’s edition.
Circuit length 5.51 km
Race distance 308.405 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
The new Circuit of The Americas, which runs anti-clockwise, is a wonderful mixture of many of the most famous circuits on the F1 calendar; it has more corners at over 250 km/h than Spa and more below 100 km/h than Hungary, which is quite a combination! For the last two seasons Pirelli has brought medium and hard tyres, this year it is soft and medium. But 2014 compounds are harder, so we could again see a 1 stop race, as we did in 2012 and 2013. The key will be the difference in pace between soft and medium tyres, as the pit lane time is not too long, so 2 stops are viable.
In collaboration with James Allen
Race Strategy Report
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. McLaren (23.546s)
02. Red Bull (23.799s)
03. Lotus (23.802s)
04. Ferrari (23.872s)
05. Williams (24.151s)
06. Toro Rosso (24.189s)
07. Mercedes (24.244s)
08. Sauber (24.726s)
09. Force India (33.427s)
Start league table – after Round 17, USA
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+12 Räikkönen, Massa
+8 Alonso, Bianchi
+6 Bottas, Sutil, Button, Magnussen, Vettel
+4 Lotterer, Perez
Net lost positions
-17 Vergne, Ricciardo
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane; Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact
China notes: Sutil lost power at start and dropped 8 places, retiring soon after
Monaco notes: Maldonado did not start, Ericsson started from pit lane; Perez crashed on lap 1
Canada notes: Gutierrez started from pit lane; Bianchi and Chilton crashed on lap 1; Ericsson pitted on lap 1
Austria notes: Grosjean started from pit lane
Silverstone notes: Räikkönen and Massa eliminated after accident on lap 1
Germany notes: Massa eliminated in lap 1 after accident; Magnussen and Ricciardo also dropped back as a result
Hungary notes: Hamilton, Magnussen, Kvyat started from pit lane
Belgium notes: Grosjean and Bianchi collided on lap one; Kobayashi absent and replaced by Lotterer
Italy notes: Ericsson started from pit lane
Singapore notes: Kobayashi did not start; Rosberg started from pit lane
Japan notes: Race started behind Safety Car
Russia notes: Rosberg and Massa pitted at the end of lap 1
United States notes: Sutil and Perez crashed on lap 1