United States Grand Prix 2014 – Preview and Betting Tips

Despite the big issues being faced by a couple of F1 teams, the United States Grand Prix will still go on as scheduled in Austin, Texas on November 2. Caterham and Marussia will not participate in this race because they were both placed into administration recently. Marussia is also the team of Jules Bianchi, who suffered a serious accident in Japan weeks ago.

These past weeks were definitely not good for Formula 1 with one driver seriously injured and two teams now facing bankruptcy. But as they say, the show must still go on and the 9 remaining teams will all be on Texas this weekend for the third to the last race of the year.

Overview

circuit-of-the-americas-united-states-grand-prix-2014The United States grand Prix will take place at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas on November 2, 2pm local time (7pm GMT). Due to the withdrawal of the two teams, there will only be 9 teams and 18 cars participating in this race. This is the smallest number of racers in an F1 race in almost a decade. The last time that only 18 cars competed in an F1 race was in the 2005 Monaco GP.

The Circuit of the Americas was specially built for F1 racing. Construction began in 2010 and after it was finished it hosted the 2012 United States Grand Prix. It was the first time that an F1 race was held in Texas. Before, the US Grand Prix was raced in Phoenix and then Indianapolis, but after the contract of the organizers to those races ended, F1 found a new home in the US.

The track used in this race was designed by Hermann Tilke, a German engineer who also designed other F1 tracks in Istanbul, Malaysia, Singapore and others. It has a length of 5.513 kilometers and is filled with 20 corners. This race has 56 laps and covers a total distance of 308.405 kilometers. Pirelli will again use the soft (option) and medium (prime) tires for this race. This will be a perfect match to the smooth surface of the track here.

Drivers

Lewis Hamilton won the first F1 race in the Circuit of the Americas in 2012. He was second to Sebastian Vettel in the grid at that race. Vettel who was in the pole came in second to Hamilton at that time. Last year, Vettel started at the pole again and this time he won the race. Mark Webber who was second in the grid came in for third while Romain Grosjean who started in third position finished second. The results of the two previous races highlight the importance of starting in front of the group here. Hamilton’s main rival, Nico Rosberg hasn’t got any impressive result in Austin so far. In 2012 he started in 8th and finished 13th. Last year, he began and ended the United States GP at 9th position.

Betting tips

Hamilton will go to the United States GP with 291 points, 17 points above Rosberg who now has 274 points. This is a must win for both of them. Suppose Hamilton wins this and Rosberg claims second, their status quo will remain the same. But if Rosberg wins this and Hamilton finished in second, Hamilton’s lead will be reduced to just 9 points. In both scenarios, assuming they both claim any of the first two spots here, the title race is still on to the next leg in Brazil.

The last four races this year was won by Hamilton and he also won here two years ago. Rosberg meanwhile has no impressive result to boast here so far. He had also encountered some mechanical problems recently. I agree to what most tipsters say that Hamilton has the biggest chance to win here. I think it’s still good to bet on him even though the odds (5Dimes have the best odds on him at 1.65) on him aren’t very attractive.

Betting Tips: Lewis Hamilton to win, 1.65 (Odds from 5Dimes)