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2019 United States Grand Prix

The 2019 United States Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One motor race held on 3 November 2019 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, United States. The race was the 19th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 49th running of the United States Grand Prix, the 41st time that the race was run as a World Championship event since the inaugural 1950 season, and the 8th time that a World Championship round was held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

2019 United States Grand Prix
Race 19 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Circuit of the Americas
Layout of the Circuit of the Americas
Race details[1]
Date 3 November 2019 (2019-11-03)
Official name Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019
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
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:32.029
Fastest lap
Driver Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari
Time 1:36.169 on lap 44 (lap record)
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Red Bull Racing-Honda

Valtteri Bottas won the race from pole, Lewis Hamilton finished second with Max Verstappen third. In finishing second, Hamilton secured his sixth world championship.[2][3]

BackgroundEdit

Championship standings before the raceEdit

Heading into the race, Mercedes have already secured their sixth consecutive Constructors title. But the Drivers Championship is still undecided with Lewis Hamilton currently leading the World Championship by 74 points over teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton will win the title if Bottas fails to outscore him by 22 points. This means that if Bottas fails to win or if Hamilton finishes in the top eight (or top nine with the fastest lap) Hamilton will win his sixth title and his third consecutively.[4]

EntrantsEdit

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for the race. However, Nicholas Latifi drove in the first practice session for Williams, replacing George Russell.[5]

PracticeEdit

At the end of the second practice session Sergio Pérez failed to stop when instructed at the weigh bridge and he was therefore required to start the race from the pit lane.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.750 1:33.160 1:32.029 1
2 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.766 1:32.782 1:32.041 2
3 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.549 1:33.120 1:32.096 3
4 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.988 1:32.760 1:32.137 4
5 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.454 1:33.045 1:32.321 5
6 23   Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.984 1:32.898 1:32.548 6
7 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:33.916 1:33.422 1:32.847 7
8 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:33.353 1:33.316 1:33.175 8
9 3   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.835 1:33.608 1:33.488 9
10 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:33.556 1:33.715 1:33.601 10
11 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:34.092 1:33.815 N/A 11
12 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:33.812 1:33.979 N/A 12
13 26   Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:34.138 1:33.989 N/A 13
14 18   Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:33.921 1:34.100 N/A 14
15 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:34.161 1:34.158 N/A 15
16 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:34.226 N/A N/A 16
17 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:34.369 N/A N/A 17
18 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:35.372 N/A N/A 18
19 11   Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:35.808 N/A N/A PL1
20 88   Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1:35.889 N/A N/A 19
107% time: 1:39.887
Source:[7][8]
Notes
  • ^1Sergio Pérez was required to start the race from the pit lane after failing to stop at the weigh bridge at the end of the second practice session.[6]

RaceEdit

On the opening lap Valtteri Bottas maintained his lead going into the first corner and Charles Leclerc lost 4th place to Lewis Hamilton at turn 1. Alexander Albon and Carlos Sainz Jr. collided with Albon entering the pits for repairs at the end of the first lap. The collision was later deemed a racing incident by the stewards and neither driver was reprimanded. Sebastian Vettel immediately encountered problems complaining of severe understeer despite avoiding contact with other drivers. By the start of the second lap Vettel had dropped to 7th place losing positions to Max Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.

On lap 8, Vettel, still in 7th place, ran over a bumpy section of kerb on the exit of turn 9 causing his right-rear suspension to fail. He pulled over to the side of the track on the straight after turn 11 where his car was quickly removed by the marshals. Shortly afterwards Ricciardo passed Norris to claim 5th place. Verstappen was the first of the front-runners to make a scheduled pit stop at the end of lap 13 switching to hard-compound tyres. At this point in the race it was uncertain whether these tyres would last until the end or if Verstappen would require another stop. Bottas, who was still leading the race, came into the pits on the following lap for hard-compound tyres and maintained his position ahead of Verstappen upon exiting the pits.

The Ferrari of Leclerc, which was struggling for pace, was passed by both Bottas and Verstappen on lap 16 despite having yet to make a pit stop. Leclerc's problems were then exacerbated by a slow pit stop on lap 20. Hamilton, who was leading the race, was told by his team to pit on lap 23 to avoid holding up teammate, Bottas, who was close behind. Hamilton refused, claiming that his tyres were able to last longer and he was overtaken by Bottas for the lead before pitting at the end of the lap. This made the order of the top four Bottas, Verstappen, Hamilton and Leclerc after the first round of pit stops for the front-runners.

Robert Kubica was retired from the race on lap 32 after his Williams suffered an oil leak. The kerb on the exit of turn 9 continued to cause problems for other drivers after ending Vettel's race, with Sainz suffering bodywork damage on lap 34 after driving over it. Verstappen made a second stop on the same lap as his tyres began to wear out and the gap to Hamilton behind was narrowing. Mercedes responded to Verstappen on the following lap by bringing in Bottas, as they had done earlier in the race. Bottas maintained his position ahead of Verstappen but was now ten seconds behind race leader Hamilton.

Hamilton began to question his team's strategy, claiming over the radio that he was unsure if his tyres could make it to the end of the race. On lap 37 Albon cleared the midfield after his lap 1 incident by passing Ricciardo for 5th place. However Albon would later have to make a third pit stop, after which he re-passed Sergio Pérez, Pierre Gasly, Sainz, Norris and finally Ricciardo again on lap 48 to reclaim 5th place. Bottas and Verstappen began to close in on Hamilton with Bottas catching up to within one second with six laps to go. Bottas finally took the lead of the race on lap 52 after Hamilton had fought off previous attempts. Shortly afterwards Gasly and Pérez made contact as Pérez took 9th place. This resulted in suspension damage for Gasly who came into the pits, rejoined the track, but, returned to the pits a lap later to retire the car from the race.

Verstappen was now within three seconds of Hamilton but was catching him quickly. However, Verstappen's charge was halted when on the penultimate lap Kevin Magnussen, who was in 16th place, suffered a brake failure at turn 12 and spun into the gravel. This incident brought out yellow flags preventing overtaking into turn 12. Daniil Kvyat collided with Pérez on the final lap whilst attempting an overtake for 10th place breaking Pérez' front wing. Kvyat was handed a 5-second penalty after the race demoting him outside of the points to 12th place.

Bottas crossed the finish line to take his fourth victory of 2019 and the seventh win of his career. Hamilton held off Verstappen to take 2nd place and with it his sixth World Drivers' Championship, making him the outright second most accomplished Formula One driver of all time ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio and behind Michael Schumacher. This also marked Hamilton's 150th podium finish.

Race classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 1:33:55.653 1 25
2 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 +4.148 5 18
3 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 56 +5.002 3 15
4 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 56 +52.239 4 131
5 23   Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 56 +1:18.038 6 10
6 3   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 56 +1:30.366 9 8
7 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 56 +1:30.764 8 6
8 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 55 +1 lap 7 4
9 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 55 +1 lap 11 2
10 11   Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 55 +1 lap PL 1
11 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 17
12 26   Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 55 +1 lap2 13
13 18   Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 55 +1 lap 14
14 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 16
15 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 15
163 10   Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 54 Suspension 10
17 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 54 +2 laps 18
183 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 52 Brakes/Spun off 12
Ret 88   Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 31 Oil leak 19
Ret 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 7 Suspension 2
Fastest lap:   Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 1:36.169 (lap 44)
Source:[8][9][10][11]
Notes

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Note
  • Only the top five positions for each set of standings are shown

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "United States". Formula1.com. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "United States Grand Prix 2019 race report & highlights: Hamilton crowned F1 world champion for sixth time as Bottas wins in Austin". Formula1.com. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Lewis Hamilton hails 'best and toughest season' after sixth F1 world title". Guardian. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "TITLE RACE: What Hamilton needs to clinch title 6 in Austin – and how Bottas can stop him". Formula1.com. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 United States Grand Prix – Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Sergio Perez to start US Grand Prix from the pit lane". Formula1.com. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 – Starting Grid". Formula1.com. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 – Race Result". Formula1.com. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 – Fastest Laps". Formula1.com. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  11. ^ "USA 2019 – Result". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Perez takes 'important' point after furious Kvyat penalised for collision". Formula1.com. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  13. ^ a b "USA 2019 – Championship". StatsF1. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.

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