The United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the America’s was back to its normal self last weekend after the 2015 event was heavily affected by rain. Twelve months on, the race winner may not have been different but the mood seemed to be as artists like Taylor Swift and Usher brought in 266,889 spectators over the weekend. That was a record attendance for the circuit and there certainly wasn’t a blank space in the stands come race day.
The Race Weekend
Lewis Hamilton came into the United States known if there was ever a weekend to start clawing back his teammate’s advantage in the Drivers Championship, it was this one. He started it in mephitical style by finishing the first procure session fastest and 0.315 seconds clear of Nico Rosberg. The nearest challenger to the Mercedes pair was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull but was some 1.9 seconds slower. Roles were reversed between Hamilton and Rosberg in the second session as Rosberg finished 0.291 seconds faster. Hopes of a challenge to Mercedes in qualifying were raised in the final practice session on Saturday morning with Verstappen heading a Red Bull 1-2. McLaren showed progress as both drivers finished in the top 10 in second and third practice while 22-year-old Jordan King made his F1 debut by finishing 20th in the first practice; ahead of Jolyon Palmer and teammate Esteban Ocon.