United States Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

After an eventful race in Russia almost two weeks ago, F1 will now go to the United States. On Sunday at around 2pm local time (7pm GMT), the United States Grand Prix 2015 will take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Even if many experts believe that the title race for the drivers’ championship is now over with Hamilton’s win in Sochi, the result of this race is still very important especially for the constructors’ championship.

Overview

The US Grand Prix is held every year at the Circuit of The Americas which is located in Austin, Texas. This permanent racing circuit is also designed by F1 resident designer Hermann Tilke. It has 20 turns and two DRS zones with separate detection spots (the first along the pit straight and the second between turns 11 and 12). This track was built in 2010 and it became the new home of the US Grand Prix in 2012. A lap here has a distance of 5.513 kilometers.

This race has 56 laps and covers a total distance of 308.896 kilometers. Unlike most of the races in F1, the race here runs in an anti-clockwise direction. Most teams employ a two stop strategy in this event. Pirelli will use their Yellow (soft) and medium (white) compounds for this race because like in Sochi, the asphalt in this track is also smooth.

Drivers

Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver in the US Grand Prix with 5 wins. But among the competitors on Sunday, Hamilton has the most wins with three titles (2007, 2012, and 2014). He was also the winner here last year. Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari is the only driver on the line-up besides Hamilton who has won this race before. He won it in 2013. Nico Rosberg is yet to win here in Austin.

Betting tips

Lewis Hamilton is again the top favorite of bookmakers to win the US Grand Prix. The odds for him at Stanjames are at around 1.5. Rosberg again comes second to him and Betfair’s sportsbook has the best odds for him at around 3.75. Sebastian Vettel who is currently second on the drivers’ standings is third on the list of bookies for the favorite to win this race. Skybet has odds of around 12 for him.

I’ll back a possible win by Hamilton in this race. After the win in Sochi, he now has a big lead over Vettel and Rosberg and many experts even say that the title race is now good as over. With the momentum clearly on Hamilton’s side and a great record here in Austin, I think he’ll once again win this event. I’m sure he will do his best to win this race again in order to finally seal the title this year.