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2016 United States Grand Prix

The 2016 United States Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 23 October 2016 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, United States. The race marked the forty-sixth running of the United States Grand Prix, and the thirty-eighth time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950.

2016 United States Grand Prix
Race 18 of 21 in the 2016 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Circuit of the Americas
Layout of the Circuit of the Americas
Race details[1]
Date 23 October 2016 (2016-10-23)
Official name 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix
Location Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.513 km (3.426 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 308.405 km (191.634 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot with temperatures reaching up to 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds approaching speeds of 9.2 miles per hour (14.8 km/h)[2]
Attendance 269,889 (Weekend)[3]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1.34.999
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:39.877 on lap 55
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg entered the round with a thirty-three-point lead over teammate Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship. Mercedes team held an unassailable 208-point lead over Red Bull Racing in the World Constructors' Championship, having secured the Constructors' title in the previous race in Japan.

This was the last time 2009 World Champion Jenson Button scored points in Formula One, retiring at the end of the season to take up an ambassadorial role at McLaren.

ReportEdit

RaceEdit

The race started off well for Hamilton, leading on the run up to Turn 1, with Jenson Button and a Toro Rosso running wide out of the first corner. Daniel Ricciardo slotted into second while Hamilton's teammate and closest championship rival Nico Rosberg fell back to third. Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture and had to pit after the first lap. Nico Hülkenberg retired on lap 7 due to earlier collision damage. On the corner before the backstraight DRS zone, Esteban Gutiérrez of the Haas F1 Team locked up the front right tyre heavily and retired subsequently due to brake problems. On lap 31, Max Verstappen retired due to a gearbox problem and stopped out of the first DRS zone, triggering a Virtual Safety Car period. Kimi Räikkönen retired after coming out of the pit lane during a routine stop with a loose wheel. Hamilton went on to win his 5th race in the United States, with Nico Rosberg in second and Daniel Ricciardo rounding out the podium spots. Hamilton reduced Rosberg's lead in the Drivers' Championship to 26 points with 3 races left in the season.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.296 1:36.450 1:34.999 1
2 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.397 1:36.351 1:35.215 2
3 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:36.759 1:36.255 1:35.509 3
4 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:36.613 1:36.857 1:35.747 4
5 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.985 1:36.584 1:36.131 5
6 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.151 1:36.462 1:36.358 6
7 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:36.950 1:36.626 1:36.628 7
8 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:37.456 1:37.202 1:37.116 8
9 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:37.402 1:37.214 1:37.269 9
10 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.744 1:37.175 1:37.326 10
11 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:37.345 1:37.353 11
12 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:37.913 1:37.417 12
13 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:37.844 1:37.480 13
14 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 1:38.053 1:37.773 14
15 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:38.084 1:37.935 15
16 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.040 1:39.356 16
17 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:38.308 17
18 20    Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:38.317 18
19 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1:38.327 19
20 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 1:38.548 20
21 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.583 21
22 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 1:38.806 22
107% time: 1:43.036
Source:[4]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1:38:12.618 1 25
2 6   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 +4.520 2 18
3 3   Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 56 +19.692 3 15
4 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 +43.134 6 12
5 14   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 56 +1:33.953 12 10
6 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1:36.124 10 8
7 19   Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 9 6
8 11   Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 11 4
9 22   Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 55 +1 Lap 19 2
10 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17 1
11 26   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 13
12 20    Kevin Magnussen Renault 55 +1 Lap1 18
13 30   Jolyon Palmer Renault 55 +1 Lap 15
14 9   Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 16
15 12   Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 21
16 77   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 8
17 94   Pascal Wehrlein MRT-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 20
18 31   Esteban Ocon MRT-Mercedes 54 +2 Laps 22
Ret 7   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 38 Loose wheel 5
Ret 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 28 Gearbox 4
Ret 21   Esteban Gutiérrez Haas-Ferrari 16 Brakes 14
Ret 27   Nico Hülkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1 Collision damage 7
Source:[5]
Notes
  • ^1Kevin Magnussen received a five-second penalty after the race for an illegal overtake on Daniil Kvyat.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates who still had a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for the sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United States". formula1.com. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Weather information for the "2016 United States Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ Autoweek - Formula 1 USGP sets new attendance record for COTA after years of struggling numbers
  4. ^ "2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 22 October 2016. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 United States Grand Prix Race – Provisional Classification". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 23 October 2016. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b "United States 2016 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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