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Grosjean’s form continued, Webber had a Webber like start (or at least Webber like luck) and the inevitable dominant display from Sebastian Vettel meant a procession like race in Texas. Nevertheless, the Austin crowds loved the race on what had the potential to be the warmest day on record in November in Texas.
It seemed strange to see how quickly the circus leaves town after the spectacle of the race is finished. The picture below was taken from the turn 15 grandstand at 5pm, just 2 hours after the race. The tranquility of the area was a far cry from the eardrum bursting scream of the V8 engines earlier in the afternoon. The analogy of Formula One going in and out of places like a hurricane suddenly made sense.
With just 1 race remaining we have a new leader of the pack. Here’s how it all unfolded over the weekend in Austin…
On the Up
Whoever says that home advantage is non-existent will be swallowing a bitter pill with the news of Mattpt55 Racing scoring a staggering 106 points at the team’s home GP. Predicting the top 5 correctly was the major contributor to this, with pole position and fastest lap further aiding the cause.
An 8 position jump leaves the team 12 points clear going into Brazil. It’s all to play for now!
One to Forget
On the other hand, Wolfe cry Lauda did not fare so well. Dropping 7 places at your home race is never nice, but a Heikki Kovalainen prediction of 4th was always going to be a long shot.
Nobody saw it coming
Valtteri Bottas tripling the Williams constructors’ points to really rub salt in the wounds of Pastor Maldonado caught many of us out. The driving pairing will be strong for the Grove based team in 2014, so what’s to say this upsurge isn’t the start of something huge from them?
Food for thought
If there’s rain in Brazil then it really will throw the cat amongst the pigeons.
Whether Heikki Kovalainen will finally score a point remains to be seen…
In this section there will be a question each week to test your memory from GPs gone by. The idea is not to look it up but see if you can remember it first!
Which race this year has seen the smallest margin of victory and what was the time difference between P1 and P2?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: The last time Fernando Alonso finished a race outside of the points was Silverstone 2010. This will be a race we all remember for different reasons though (Ahem…Number 2 driver). Alonso finished the race in 14th position, but where did his teammate (Massa) finish?
Answer: The answer was down in 15th place. Alonso had received a controversial penalty in the race for the way in which he had passed Robert Kubica.