Four in Four for Hamilton in America?5 min read
As the Formula One circus moves across the pond to the United States Grand, with Lewis Hamilton holding a commanding 59 point lead in the World Championship over Sebastian Vettel, we go looking for some value F1 tips for the weekend’s action at the US GP.
Hamilton to make it four in a row?
Lewis Hamilton does not need to win any of the remaining four races, it now just seems a formality that he will, once again, be crowned world champion. Lewis requires a decent points haul to guarantee his fourth world championship, but he doesn’t need to take any big chances. However, it is difficult to see past Lewis for this weekend’s Grand Prix, considering he’s taken victory in the United States for the last three years. Momentum is on his side and so I feel that barring technical difficulties with his, up to now, almost bullet-proof Mercedes AMG, victory this weekend is all but a formality.
Tip: Lewis Hamilton to win
Resurgent Red Bull
Red Bull have had quite a resurgence of late, having a presence on the podium for 9 of the last 12 races. In fact, Red Bull sit just 92 points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, and well clear of 4th placed Force India. Thanks to Ferrari’s current reliability issues, Christian Horner’s Milton Keynes based operation will feel they have an outside chance of leap-frogging the Ferrari’s in the championship and so will be pushing hard for points in the latter stages of the season.
With little to choose between the Red Bull pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo on the track, it could easily be either of them that makes the podium this weekend, if not both. However when making my pick I always go with consistency, and Daniel Ricciardo has been more consistent this season and made the podium in this race last year and so get the vote.
Tip: Daniel Ricciardo Podium
Movers and shakers
Time has finally run out for Jolyon Palmer at Renault, meaning Carlos Sainz will begin his Renault career early giving himself a good head-start ahead of the 2018 season with the French team. Stepping into Carlos Sainz’s racing boots at Toro Rosso will be Brendon Hartley. Brendon Hartley will be stepping into a single seater race car for the first time since 2012, however, he turns up with an impressive CV, including victory this year in the fabled Le Mans 24h race, and currently leading the World Endurance Championship for Porsche, a title he took in 2015 for the same team.
Impressive CV aside, stepping into Formula One will not be a simple task. Getting up to speed and finding the limit will be extremely difficult, however, he will have benefitted from Porsche teammate Mark Webber’s experience in Toro Rosso’s parent team Red Bull. All this makes my last pick seem somewhat unfair as I’m betting that Hartley will be the first driver out of the race. Toro Rosso have not had the best of luck in the past couple of races with Carlos Sainz having made an early exit in both of the last two races. This coupled with the lack of recent experience in single-seater race cars makes Brendon Hartley favourite to be first out of this weekend’s race.
Tip: Brendon Hartley First Driver Retirement
Action gets underway from the Circuit of the Americas with Free Practice one starting at 4pm on Friday, Qualifying starts at 10pm on Saturday evening and the Race starting at 8pm on Sunday evening, all live on Sky Sports F1.