2019 United States Grand Prix

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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

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.

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]

Background[edit]

Championship standings before the race[edit]

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]

Entrants[edit]

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]

Practice[edit]

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]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying classification[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.750 1:33.160 1:32.029 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.766 1:32.782 1:32.041 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.549 1:33.120 1:32.096 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.988 1:32.760 1:32.137 4
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.454 1:33.045 1:32.321 5
6 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.984 1:32.898 1:32.548 6
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:33.916 1:33.422 1:32.847 7
8 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:33.353 1:33.316 1:33.175 8
9 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.835 1:33.608 1:33.488 9
10 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:33.556 1:33.715 1:33.601 10
11 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:34.092 1:33.815 N/A 11
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:33.812 1:33.979 N/A 12
13 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:34.138 1:33.989 N/A 13
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:33.921 1:34.100 N/A 14
15 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:34.161 1:34.158 N/A 15
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:34.226 N/A N/A 16
17 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:34.369 N/A N/A 17
18 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:35.372 N/A N/A 18
19 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:35.808 N/A N/A PL1
20 88 Poland 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]

Race[edit]

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 classification[edit]

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

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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