2013 United States Race Weekend Review

Sebastian Vettel wins in Abu Dhabi, Mark Webber with a good drive to second place and Romain Grosjean claims the final place on the podium after a good drive. McLaren yet again have made small improvements to their car in order to gain their way back to the front and score some much needed points. And people are still wishing that Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes’ drivers still do not have the pace with their cars in qualifying…

Prior to the Grand Prix, the driver market has absolutely moved and shaken us all. Firstly, Felipe Massa confirmed that he will be partnering Bottas next year at Williams. I am extremely happy for Felipe. He will be able to bring his experience to the team and I am sure that Bottas will only gain from this and this will hopefully push the team under the direction of Pat Symonds onto good things next season.

Secondly, McLaren have announced that Kevin Magnussen is partnering Jenson Button in the team for 2014, leaving Sergio without a drive. I was absolutely shocked by the news. As Sergio has done I believe a cracking job for the team despite the car not being the most competitive on the grid and deserved a second season. I should point out that I am not against Magnussen joining the team. But I believe he is a talent of the future absolutely but he might be joining the sport a bit too early. Now Sergio is now fighting for a drive in the sport and his career. I hope Sergio goes back to Sauber next season as he has shown especially in the last few races that he can perform with the tools he has in front of him. But we shall see.

Also, things are not all great at Lotus at the moment. Firstly, the news that Kimi Raikkonen is having back surgery and will not be driving for the rest of the season left Lotus with the question of who will fill the seat. The Formula One world was abreast on Twitter with rumours of talented drivers who could fill the seat. Everybody was betting on Davide Valsecchi on filling the seat, however it was Kovalainen who got the call to replace Kimi’s seat. How will Heikki perform this weekend?

There is a lot of conspiracy surrounding Kimi’s decision to have back surgery. As we all know Kimi has not been paid by the Lotus team for this year and there was rumours going around that he may not finish the season. Personally, I believe that Kimi had finally had enough of waiting around for answers (I will discuss Quantum Motorsports next!) and he decided to leave the team and have his back surgery before switching to Ferrari in 2014.

Next, there is the issue surrounding Lotus’s financial troubles and the impending deal with Quantum Motorsport. Rumours are rife about the status of the deal and when the deal is supposed to be closed. The deal with Quantum Motorsport could also decide the fate of the two contenders gunning for the second drive in the team who are Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado. But if you believe the rumours Hulkenberg is linked very highly to Lotus and the team would like him on board. However, Pastor has sponsorship from his home country reported to be around $30 million and has insisted that he is not out of the running yet.  But we shall see in the next few weeks who will Lotus choose for next year.

I should also mention that Sebastian Vettel could beat the record for how many consecutive wins in a season this weekend if he wins, beat the record that is currently held by Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari. Also the fight continues for second place in the Constructor’s Championship between Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari.

The United States Grand Prix is an event that was a very pleasant surprise to all the teams and drivers last year. Everyone loved the city, the atmosphere and also the track. The circuit has a lot of elevation changes and the high-speed changes of directions means the cars need to have a good set up. The first corner is impressive and it is not an easy corner. The circuit has medium to low brake energy but braking and high-speed stability are important for good lap times.

This Grand Prix will be one full of questions of who again can go longer on their tyres, who can save the most tyres for the race on Sunday, which car has got their car set up the most competitive and race ready? Have McLaren and Williams made a significant step forward with their upgrades in their fight to get back to the front?

Alongside these questions, questions if Red Bull, Lotus or Mercedes will be able this weekend to help their own fight in the championships, can McLaren small improvements on their cars help them this weekend before Hungary where more upgrades are planned to take place on the car, who will be competitive from the off, who has the quickest car and who will win this race on Sunday?

The race weekend begins now….

Strap yourselves in. The new season begins now…

Practices 1, 2 and 3

The main headline from the Practice sessions is Red Bull look to have the driver-car package to beat this weekend as weather conditions and tyre management test the drivers, teams and the cars throughout Friday and Saturday practice sessions.

Prior to Practice 1, fog descended on the Circuit of the Americas which meant that the air ambulance which is needed for the teams and drivers to race on the circuit could not take its place. The session was reduced to an hour but then the Red Flag was brought out at 15 minutes into the session due to the helicopter not being in place. However, the session did get going and Danill Kvyat made his debut in a Toro Rosso and Rossi was in the Caterham.

Practice 1 saw Fernando Alonso top the timesheet with a time of 1.38.343 followed closely by Button with a gap of 0.028 seconds, Bottas in third with a gap of 0.045 seconds, Guiterrez in fourth with a gap of 0.189 seconds and Rosberg in fifth with a gap of 0.314 seconds. I should also mention that Kvyat finished the session for Toro Rosso in 17th place two tenths off Riccardo which is an incredible achievement for his debut with the team.

Within Practice 1, Gonzalez in his Marussia stopped on the circuit at Turn 12 due to problems with his engine.

Practice 2 saw Sebastian Vettel topping the timesheets with a time of 1.37.305 followed by Webber with a gap of 0.115 seconds, Rosberg in third with a gap of 0.480 seconds, Hamilton in fourth with a gap of 0.653 seconds behind and Kovalainen in fifth with a gap of 0.768 seconds behind Vettel. Jenson Button managed to achieve a top 10 finishes with 9th place. The early pace is showing that McLaren may have the pace to get some good championship points this weekend.

Within Practice 2, Max Chilton in his Marussia stopped at Turn 20 with brake failure and his brakes on fire.  Also Jenson Button has a three place grid drop after overtaking another car under Red Flag conditions.

Practice 3 saw Vettel tops the timesheet again with a time of 1.36.733 followed by Webber with a time of gap of 0.203 seconds behind, Hamilton in third with a gap of 0.331 seconds behind, Hulkenberg in fourth with a gap of 0.539 seconds behind and Grosjean in a fifth with a gap of 0.612 seconds behind. The surprise of the session is Bottas managing to grab 10th place showing that Williams may have good pace within their cars. Button looks to be having a good weekend so far with claiming 6th place which show that McLaren might be able to get into Q3 with a fight and to gain some championship points on Sunday.

You would be stupid not to bet against the Mercedes drivers of Hamilton and Rosberg, Webber and also Vettel to gain pole position again this weekend. As all four drivers seem to be excelling in qualifying at the moment and the momentum is with them from all of them claiming Pole Positions in the championship so far. Alonso, Massa, Webber and Raikkonen also cannot be discounted for the pole also as they are consistently within the top ten places at the moment.

Button and Perez even with their upgrades and making good and solid progress with points finishes in previous races, seem to have made an improvement.  It seems from looking at their performances that the pace is coming slowly and steadily and both drivers I will admit will struggle to even make Qualifying 2 or maybe even the points in the race and it will take a lot of skill and talent to do that in a car that is not capable, unless a bit of unexpected rain happens (which is very unlikely). However, I think that Toro Rosso, Force India or Sauber have shown that they could throw themselves into the mix and could qualify well here to be in the hunt for some decent points this weekend. We all look forward to the qualifying session of the Grand Prix with excitement…

Qualifying

It looks like Red Bull, Mercedes or even the Lotus’s are looking like the teams to beat heading into the session look set to challenge Ferrari, McLaren and the rest of the field for pole position today due to current form that they have shown. But Force India or Sauber may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions. And it is looking likely that it will be a challenge for the Williams drivers of Bottas and Maldonado to clear Q1 and also the McLaren drivers of Button and Perez to clear Q2 as both teams do not have the pace within their cars to challenge the top teams this weekend.

Let the battle for Pole Position begin…

In Q1, Bottas tops the timesheets with a time of 1.37.821, Hamilton was second with a time of 1.37.959, Guiterrez was third with a time of 1.38.082, Webber was fourth with a time of 1.38.161 and Hulkenberg was fifth with a time of 1.38.339. Perez, Kovalainen, Vettel, Button and Grosjean managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Sutil, Maldonado, Van Der Garde, Bianchi, Pic and Chilton.

In Q2, Vettel tops the timesheets with a time of 1.37.065, Webber is second with a gap of 0.247 seconds behind, Alonso is third with a gap of 0.303 seconds behind, Bottas is fourth with a gap of 0.374 seconds behind and Grosjean is fifth with a gap of 0.458 seconds behind. The big surprise of the sessions was Hulkenberg finishing in 6th place and Kovalainen finished the session in 10th place. At the end of Q2, we lose Riccardo, Di Resta, Button, Rosberg, Massa and Vergne.

The battle for pole position is on…

In Q3, Vettel tops the timesheet and gets pole with a amazingly fast lap time of 1.36.338 ,Webber was second fastest with a gap of 0.107 seconds behind, Grosjean was third fastest with a gap of 0.817 seconds behind, Hulkenberg was a cracking fourth fastest with a gap of 0.958 seconds behind, Hamilton was fifth fastest with a gap of 1.007 seconds behind, Alonso was a credible sixth fastest with a gap of 1.038 seconds behind, Perez was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.114 seconds behind,  Kovalainen was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.377 seconds behind, Bottas was a credible ninth fastest and Guiterrez was tenth fastest.

It would seem that Red Bull genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend which I am absolutely not thrilled about. However, both sets of drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this. You cannot discount Hamilton, Webber or Rosberg to be challenging also for the race win in order to keep their seasons off to a flying start. Alonso or Raikkonen could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes and Red Bull and Ferrari and Lotus to gain some points on his rivals for the championship.

Button, Perez, Massa, Hulkenberg and Riccardo could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for McLaren and Sauber before heading to the final race in Brazil. Will it rain tomorrow? Maybe. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know (hoping for a Button win!). Who will lead the championship after this race? Will it be Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Alonso or Hamilton? I don’t know.  The Grand Prix has been set up nicely, just like the last race. Let’s see what happens…

Race

Prior to the race Charles Pic received a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Also, Esteban Guiterrez and Max Chilton received a penalties for their behaviour in Qualifying.

While lining up for the formation lap, it seems that Lewis Hamilton could have a problem with his brakes on his Mercedes. There was a huge group of Mercedes personnel and engineers trying to correct the problem and it seems that all is well. Also Sebastian Vettel had to check his gearbox before the race. Even though Vettel’s gearbox has done five races, it was deemed necessary to change the oil value ready for the race.

The F1 world is watching and waiting to see if the 2013 United States Grand Prix will live up to expectations and who will be the winner? Here we go…

All 22 drivers are lined up on their grid positions, five red lights and its GO!!!!!!!!

Grosjean gets off the line well and is now alongside Webber who has had a miserable start again and was bogged down off the line. Vettel now leads going into the first corner and closes Webber off who now has been passed by Grosjean for second place. Now Hamilton is gaining on Webber for third place. Nico Hulkenberg does not appear to have had a good start and has lost several places. Perez passes Alonso. Kovalainen has had a cautious start and is now in 10th place and has Riccardo behind him.

Meanwhile, Massa has been squeezed for position by Sutil. And Guiterrez taps Massa. There is also a collusion between Button and Vergne. Towards the end of the opening lap, Sutil bangs wheels with Maldonado and crashes into the barriers and making contact with Guiterrez. This collusion brings out the Safety Car and Guiterrez pits suffering a puncture on his rear tyres.

Lap 5 and we are RACING again. Vettel leads Grosjean by 0.5 seconds. Hulkenberg and Perez are battling for fifth place. Perez tries Hulkenberg but cannot do so. Max Chilton at the end of the lap receives his drive through penalty. The next lap sees Hulkenberg, Perez, Alonso and Bottas battling each other for fifth place on the track.

Lap 7 sees Vettel building his lead up to 2.4 seconds. Hamilton and Webber are battling for third place. Guiterrez passes Bianchi for 17th place. The next lap sees Maldonado complaining about vibrations on his front wing of his Williams and pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 11 sees Vettel leading the field by 3.9 seconds. Alonso once again tries to get past Perez on track but cannot do so. By Lap 13, Vettel has extended his lead by 4.5 seconds. The battle for third between Hamilton and Webber is still ongoing. But Webber passes Hamilton at last with a brilliant move! Riccardo, Rosberg and Kovalainen are battling for 10th place. The next lap sees Kovalainen now gaining on Rosberg.

Lap 15 and the lead is now 5.3 seconds. Button tries to pass Massa but cannot do so. Lap 17 and Hamilton has lost 4 seconds due to suffering with his tyres which now bringing Hulkenberg into play. At the end of the lap, Kovalainen pits with a stop time of 4.0 and rejoins the race in 16th place.

Lap 19 sees Vettel leading by 7.5 seconds. Guiterrez is now catching Vergne on track. Vergne is battling his team mate Riccardo for 14th place. Rosberg tries to pass Vergne and gains the place. The next lap sees Massa and Button still battling for 12th place. At the end of the lap Button pits with a stop time of 3.6 seconds and rejoins the race in 16th place.

Lap 21 sees Vettel leading by 8.3 seconds. Button has suffered front wing damage on his McLaren. A battle for sixth place between Perez and Alonso is ongoing. At the end of the lap Massa pits with a stop time of 2.7 seconds and rejoins the race in 15th place. The next lap sees Alonso trying to get past Perez. At the end of the lap Perez pits with a stop time of 2.8 seconds and rejoins the race in 10th place. Also Di Resta, Pic and Rosberg pit for new tyres.

By Lap 23, Vettel leads the field by 8.3 seconds. Di Resta tries to pass Kovalainen and cannot do so. At the end of the lap Bottas pits his Williams for new tyres. The next lap sees Kovalainen, Di Resta, Rosberg and Riccardo battling each other for 11th place. Guiterrez is now gaining on Vergne. Lap 25 sees Guiterrez pass Vergne and Perez now looking to pass Vergne himself. At the end of the lap, Hamilton pits for new tyres with a stop time of 3 seconds and rejoins the race in 6th place.

Lap 26 sees Vettel leading by 7.7 seconds. Vergne and Perez are battling for 8th place. Perez then passes Vergne for 8th place. At the end of the lap, Alonso pits with a stop time of 2.6 seconds and rejoins the race in seventh place. At end of Lap 27, Vettel and Hulkenberg make their pit stops and rejoin the race in 3rd and 5th places. At the end of Lap 28, Webber pits with a record braking stop time of 2.3 seconds and rejoins the race in 3rd place.

Lap 29 sees Grosjean leading Vettel by 12.3 seconds. Guiterrez and Alonso are battling for sixth place. Guiterrez is then able to pass Alonso. Alonso is then able to re pass Guiterrez. Di Resta passes Kovalainen. At the end of the lap Grosjean pits with a stop time of 2.8 seconds and rejoins the race back in second place.

Lap 30 sees Vettel retake the lead of the Grand Prix ahead of Grosjean by 9.2 seconds. Webber is now starting to gain on Grosjean for second place in the race. Guiterrez and Perez are battling for seventh place. The next lap sees Perez passing Guiterrez. Rosberg passes Kovalainen for 11th place. At the end of the lap, Kovalainen makes a 15.2 second pit stop and rejoins the race in 17th place.

Lap 33 sees Vettel leading by 10.2 seconds. Rosberg passes Di Resta for 10th place. Di Resta tries with all his might to fight back but cannot do so. The next lap sees Rosberg and Di Resta battling for 10th place and Guiterrez and Bottas are battling for 8th place. By Lap 35, Bottas has finally passes Guiterrez for eighth place and Webber is gaining on Grosjean rapidly.

By Lap 36, Webber looks like he is losing time in the battle with Grosjean and it may look like he has a problem. At the end of the lap, Guiterrez pits with a stop time of 3.9 seconds and rejoins the race in 15th place. The next lap sees Rosberg catching Bottas. Lap 38 sees Vettel still leading Grosjean by 9.5 seconds. The battle between Grosjean and Webber for second place ongoing. At the end of the lap, Massa pits with a stop time of 3.1 seconds and rejoins the race in 16th place.

Lap 41 and Vettel leads the field by 10.5 seconds. Di Resta and Riccardo are battling for tenth place. Riccardo tries to pass Di Resta for track position and cannot do so. By the next lap, Alonso is gaining rapidly on Hulkenberg and Hamilton. By Lap 44, Vettel extends his lead by 10.6 seconds. Hulkenberg is battling with Alonso for fifth place. Riccardo is able to pass Di Resta. Alonso is able to pass Hulkenberg for 5th place a lap later.

Lap 46 and Vettel leads the Grand Prix by 10.4 seconds. Kovalainen’s KERS system is not working properly on his Lotus. Di Resta and Button are battling with 11th place. Massa is able to pass Maldonado for 15th place. The next lap sees Alonso gaining on Hamilton and also Webber yet again gaining on Grosjean.

Lap 49 sees Vettel’s lead on the field at 8.6 seconds. The incident between Pic and Hamilton under blue flags is being investigated by the stewards. Pic receives a drive through penalty regarding the incident with Hamilton by the stewards. At the end of the lap Di Resta pits.

The next lap sees Di Resta, Button, Vergne and Guiterrez battling for 11th place. Lap 51 sees Grosjean and Webber gaining on Vettel but it will not be enough to catch him before the end of the Grand Prix. Hulkenberg is now gaining on Alonso yet again.

Lap 55 and Vettel still leads the field by 7.3 seconds. Riccardo and Button are battling each other for the final point in the race. Button tries to make a move on Riccardo but cannot make it stick. A few corners later Button makes the move stick and gets 10th place away from Riccardo. Hulkenberg is still pushing on to try and catch Alonso.

The final lap of the race sees Vettel leading Webber by 7.5 seconds. Hulkenberg passes Alonso. Alonso regains the place back away from Hulkenberg. Vettel completes the final lap and he wins the Grand Prix and clinches his eighth consecutive race win and sets a new record of race wins in a season, Grosjean is a brilliant second 6.2 seconds behind Vettel equalling his best Formula One finish, Webber finishes a brilliant third and claims the final spot on the podium (his fourth podium in the sport) 8.3 seconds behind Vettel, Hamilton is a credible fourth 27.3 seconds behind Vettel, Alonso finished fifth 30.4 seconds behind Vettel, Hulkenberg was a credible sixth 30.4 seconds behind Vettel, Perez finishes seventh 46.6 seconds behind Vettel, Bottas was a fantastic eighth 54.5 seconds behind Vettel, Rosbger finished ninth 59.1 seconds behind Vettel and Button picked up the final point in tenth.

Sebastian Vettel wins the Driver’s championship with 372 points, Alonso is second with 227 points, Hamilton is third with 187 points, Raikkonen is fourth with 183points, Webber is fifth with 187 points, Rosberg is sixth with 161 points, Grosjean is seventh with 132 points, Massa is eighth with 106 points, Button is ninth with 61 points and Di Resta is tenth with 48 points.

Red Bull wins the Constructor’s championship with 553 points, Mercedes is second with 348 points, Ferrari is third with 333 points, Lotus is fourth with 315 points, McLaren is fifth with 102 points, Force India in sixth with 77 points, Sauber in seventh with 53 points, Toro Rosso are eighth with 32 points and Williams are ninth with 5 points.

Conclusion

The Grand Prix tested the drivers throughout the race with the high level of tyre degradation, just like the many races we have had this season. However, I am glad that the small changes that Pirelli made to the tyres have worked this weekend and they have not compromised safety or the racing.

I was not happy that Jenson did not have some pace to challenge today and just managed to score a point for the team. Jenson had a battle to finish 10th today and I am sure the team are thankful for his efforts.  But Sergio managed to gain some points for the team. This just shows how much they are making improvements at the moment. But it shows that McLaren are taking slow and steady progress to try and get to the front of the field once again. But I am happy that Jenson and Sergio managed to do his best this weekend for the team and they were rewarded with Sergio bringing home some good points. Sergio has once again for the third race running outqualified and out raced Button and has shown himself in a good light and is showing why he deserves to keep in the sport next season.

But they need to try and make the car competitive and understand the issues surrounding their problems and learn the lessons from this year’s car and focus on 2014. The team this weekend I believe have made small steps into looking at solutions to help and cure this problem before the championships, race wins, podiums and even point finishes are no longer within their reach. As I said last race, I know McLaren will bounce back to the performance they and their fans crave and when that happens, it will make it all the more special.

Lotus this weekend may not have gained another victory this weekend but they have scored some good points from Romain this weekend that will help their fight in the Constructors Championship. I was impressed with Grosjean this weekend. Romain has been in top 10 form all weekend and thoroughly deserves his place on the podium. He has showed that he has the potential and the maturity to pass a car for position and to follow the rules straight away shows that he handled the pressure very well indeed and had a great drive.

Who knows what would have happened if Heikki did not have issues with his front wing and his KERS system this weekend. I was impressed with him this weekend. Considering his lack of experience with the car, he has been in form all weekend throughout the sessions and showing the world that he is need a racer, through and through. He is a racing driver. It runs through his blood. Sadly, this weekend luck was not on his side.

I was a bit surprised that Lotus was not able to challenge for the win this weekend, but consistency and points scoring keeps you in the hunt for the title, as Alonso proved last season. Despite the problems of this weekend, the Lotus team have managed to get again score some points, even though they are now fourth in the Constructor’s Championship.

The biggest surprises this weekend for me was the 8th place of Bottas. Firstly, he has had an impressive weekend but he has impressed me a lot this weekend.  He drove a cracking race to bring home some much needed points for the team. Luckily, his pit stop strategy worked and he was rewarded with good points. I believe that Bottas this year is starting to slowly develop his racing talent that Williams first saw in him to sign this year. I really believe that Bottas is starting to become a high quality driver that he is and I was happy to him get some good points today after a great drive.  I think that Bottas does have the form that is required to have a successful weekend. And I think that his performance will show everyone of his ability and qualities that made Williams sign him up for his year. This drive from Bottas should spur him on for the next race and put him in great shape for next year.

Rosberg, Hamilton and Alonso do deserve a mention. Firstly, Mercedes seem to have a car that is undoubtedly better than their car last year. They seem to be able to make sure that their qualifying performance is also consistent and reliable, while it seems they have improved their race pace today. And yet again Rosberg and Hamilton extends their and the team’s points into the championships today moving into second place in the Constructors.

While both of the Mercedes drivers undoubtedly have the car to challenge Red Bull at qualifying on Saturdays but still need to work on the pace on Sundays. But I believe that Mercedes seem to have a car that is undoubtedly better than their car last year and will get there eventually.  And I think that Nico and Lewis both drove solidly despite battling Alonso, Hulkenberg, Perez and Button very hard today and  both drivers deserved to take some points for their efforts.

Alonso drove a solid race this weekend. He has been on top 10 form all weekend and managed to gain some good points this weekend.  Once again, Alonso is showing his talent and surpassing the achievements of the car. Alonso is now fighting to keep Ferrari in third place for the Constructors Championship. But will they stay there?

Once again Hulkenberg has had an impressive weekend but he has impressed me a lot this weekend yet again. He drove a fantastic lap in qualifying and drove a cracking race to bring home some much needed point for the team. I believe that Nico this year has learnt his lessons from his last and this season from the sport and is working harder than ever to impress with his performances in the sport this year and trying to get some much needed points for Sauber. I really believe that Nico when is good is a high quality driver that he is and I was happy to him get a point today after a great drive. But the question is, when will the top teams give this man a chance? Nico deserves in my view to be in a competitive car! Please Lotus, sign him, please!

I would also like to say that Webber drove to my mind a really good race today and deserved to take some good points home today after finishing in third place.  The qualifying lap Mark did to claim get second place was really good. The commitment and the speed showed by Webber was thrilling to watch.

Mark drove solidly with the grit and determination that all fans and the paddock admire, respect and love about him and his battle with Grosjean for second place had us all hooked. I really will miss Mark next year and I really hope that he can win a race before the end of the season in Brazil. As Mark deserves to leave the sport with a bang and I am sure the Red Bull team would like to reward him with a win for his services.

All that is left to say about this race is that Vettel sadly deserved to win today. His driving was brilliant and controlled throughout the race. They seem to be able to make sure that their qualifying performance is also consistent and reliable, while it seems they have improved their race pace today. And yet again Vettel extended his and his team’s points into the championships today and even though the title has already been decided.

Sebastian Vettel now joins a very exclusive club in the sport: eigh consecutive race wins in one season, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s and Alberto Ascari’s record of seven consecutive wins in the sport. And I don’t like Vettel, but I will congratulate him on this remarkable achievement especially after only being in the sport for six years as a driver.

Now that the champions have been crowned, will Sebastian be able to win his nineth consecutive race win in Brazil ? Can Hamilton, Webber, Raikkonen, Grosjean or Alonso be able to challenge?  We shall see in a week’s time!

My next posts will be my Track Preview on the Brazilian Grand Prix which will be uploaded before the start of the race weekend.

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